Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the politics, economics and technical aspects of the global vaccine scenario in light of Bill Gates’ recent statement on technology transfer
Private pharma companies and developed nations have created a bottleneck in vaccine distribution through the use of patents and legislation
While a public desperate for protection against COVID-19 is quick to shame “vaccine hunters,” the real culprits are the companies refusing to share their publicly funded intellectual property and the governments allowing them to get away with it.
Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the progress of different vaccination campaigns and how the vaccines are faring against the different COVID variants.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw the fastest development of a vaccine ever, with a number of research collaborations making this feat possible. But many challenges also remain
India’s mass vaccination plans may fail if it does not hold open discussions on its plans with health professionals and the people
As trials for vaccine candidates continue, the question of which countries will gain access to it has become pressing. Low-income countries are likely to suffer in this regard
Both Russia’s Sputnik V and the UK’s Pfizer-BioNTech-produced vaccines are reported to be more than 95% effective in their final trials
Even if the major economies can solve their own problems of procuring the vaccines by jumping the queue with money or captive production capacities, what about the rest of the world?
According to a recent study by Oxfam International, wealthy nations, which account for nearly 13% of the global population, have cornered a lion’s share of supply deals for vaccine candidates in phase-3 of the clinical trials
Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the immunity developed in recovered COVID-19 patients and also the immunity that the potential vaccines can induce.
Trump is trying to improve his waning electoral chances by reserving all of Gilead’s stock of Remdesivir to cover up his disastrous handling of the Covid-19 epidemic so far