Cuba puts people before profits – showing the world an alternative to the monopolistic practices of Big Pharma. It promotes a public health system, state-funded research and shows global solidarity through tech transfer and vaccine delivery to developing countries
Despite the recently increased supply, the continent suffers a severe shortage of vaccines due to stockpiling by wealthier countries and the credit rating agencies’ practice of disproportionately downgrading developing countries during the pandemic
Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha and Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the latest in the research to develop the vaccine for COVID-19.
SARS-CoV-2 was directly put into the lungs of eight Rhesus Macaques. None of the monkeys that had been vaccinated were seen to have developed a full-blown infection.
The pandemic might be devastating countries, the people and their livelihoods, but is good for some companies and their stockholders, like the ones that hold patents for N95 masks, lifesaving medicines or vaccines.
Two questions first come to mind when one looks at the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, is there a quick solution, either prophylactic or in the form of treatment? Secondly, how long will it take for a vaccine? In this interview, scientist Satyajit Rath addresses these questions
Quick and widespread testing and quarantine will help tackle the spread of Covid-19, not ultra-nationalism or hyper-capitalism.