G7 countries will have 1.2 billion vaccines available for donation by the end of 2021 even after maintaining booster shot campaigns for all adults
Public outcry in South Africa helped force Johnson & Johnson to retain the vaccines produced in the country for domestic use instead of being shipped to Europe. The Indian civil society has initiated a similar effort as the Global South looks for alternatives
The COVID-19 pandemic has again exposed the true nature of capitalism with profit being the primary driver irrespective of the rising inequalities
As of now, the total unvaccinated population in the world numbers 6.8 billion. The one billion doses promised by the G-7 countries can meet the needs of only 7.4% of this number
With its development of five COVID-19 vaccines and the promise of sharing know-how with developing countries, Cuba has remained faithful to Che Guevara’s values of international solidarity and people-oriented medicine
In violation of its obligations and responsibilities as an occupying power, Israel has taken little effort in vaccinating Palestinians, leading to very poor vaccination rates in the occupied territories and the general deterioration of health facilities
A new research shows that even a small quantity of the neutralising antibodies indicates a strong efficacy of the vaccine
Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about the recent debates on the intellectual property rights on vaccines and the possibilities of mass immunization
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.