China and India are the only two major countries that have been willing to export vaccines while also vaccinating their own people. Meanwhile, to rich countries, the billions of dollars of vaccine market for Big Pharma far outweigh the benefits of saving millions of lives
On this April 7, Gobal Health Day, the International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle organizes an international campaign asking to stop the medical apartheid, abolish the patents on the Covid-19-vaccines and, in this way, guarantee free vaccines for all
Hundreds of organizations around the world publish a manifesto in defense of vaccination and universal basic income
The significance of this day is being felt now more than ever as we stand in the midst of a pandemic
What is standing in the way of expanding production and carrying out mass vaccination campaigns across the world?
A proposal made by India and South Africa in October last year to waive certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of COVID vaccines has gained massive support across the world. Despite its potential to prevent millions of avoidable deaths, the US and its allies continue to block the proposal at the WTO.
Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the Anchorage meeting between the US and China, the recent Quad summit, and how geo-political considerations are playing a role in the distribution of vaccines
WTO’s TRIPS agreements have limited the production of COVID-19 vaccines leading to unequal access globally where some rich countries have amassed more than required doses and majority of poor countries have received none or inadequate number of doses
“Vaccine nationalism” has made a handful of rich countries amass more doses than required while the majority of the poorer nations have not received a single dose of the different vaccines available
Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the progress of different vaccination campaigns and how the vaccines are faring against the different COVID variants.
The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine