Patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccine
In year 3 of the pandemic, the challenges facing WHO are in plain sight

Gargeya Telakapalli of People’s Health Movement analyzes what the recent Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organization tells us about its future and our handling of the pandemic

The vaccine must be a common good for humanity

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha discuss the prevailing vaccine apartheid and try to understand how it is against the common good of the people of the world

Pope Francis urges peace, vaccine access in 2021 Christmas message

The Pope centered those caught in overlooked tragedies in his annual Christmas address, continuing his commitment to progressive change and work with movements for justice

Africa’s vaccination rate lags at 8% as booster doses deepen inequity and other stories

Today’s episode looks at the slow vaccination rate in Africa, the postponement of elections in Libya, and an end to the Kellogg’s strike

People’s movements, trade unions, and left parties join hands demanding TRIPS waiver on COVID-19 medical products

After the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference was called off following the discovery of the Omicron variant, trade unions, civil society organizations and parties on the left ramped up actions in favor of a TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 medical products

Global nurses coalition demands investigation against COVID-19 criminals

Nurses from 28 countries have filed a complaint in the UN alleging human rights violations by EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland, and Singapore for ‘the loss of countless lives’ in the pandemic.

Xiomara Castro set for historic win in Honduras presidential election and other stories

Today we look at the results of a major presidential election in Honduras, an appeal by nurses asking the UN to investigate countries blocking the TRIPS waiver, and more

Humans without rights: Refugees and access to COVID-19 vaccines

Although the 1951 Refugee Convention grants refugees equal health rights as host populations, this has not translated into practice when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine access gap widens in Latin America and the Caribbean

After Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that has the lowest vaccination coverage. Amid global vaccine inequity, the region is facing additional disparity due to various others reasons such as the US sanctions, political instability, among others

WHO asks rich countries to stop booster dose program to enable greater vaccine supply to poorer countries

Some countries have already vaccinated more than half of their population, whereas vaccination has just begun in many countries. WHO argues that the gap in the level of immunization among the rich and poor countries could cause the emergence of newer mutant strains

COVID-19 in Brazil: Over half a million deaths and a tale of political incompetence

The inadequate approach of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has strongly contributed to the horrific death toll in Brazil due to COVID-19. Support for his policies has hit a record low, as he faces an inquiry for deliberately spreading the virus

China’s vaccine project offers new prospects of global collaboration

Vaccines by the Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac are being administered across the world on terms far more favorable than those of US and UK-based pharma giants

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