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Protest against Merkel in US Free the vaccine: Protests greet German chancellor Angela Merkel on US visit

Demonstrations calling for Germany to stop blocking patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines were held in the US capital, Washington DC, among other places, as German chancellor Angela Merkel made an official visit to the US to meet president Joe Biden

Around the World in 8 Minutes: Global outcry for patent waiver on COVID vaccines

In this episode, we take you to Geneva where the member states of the World Trade Organization met to discuss a proposal to waive certain intellectual property on COVID-19 vaccine production during the pandemic. We also look at Bolivia where dozens of intellectuals, experts and political leaders from across the world participated in the “Re-encounter with Pachamama” on April 22, Earth Day.

Explained: How Intellectual Property Rights are blocking vaccine production

What is standing in the way of expanding production and carrying out mass vaccination campaigns across the world?

Lack of political will and IPR rules stand in the way of mass vaccination for COVID-19

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.

RCEP: The world’s largest trade bloc signed amid pandemic challenges

Trade policy expert Professor Biswajit Dhar, Chief Editor of Newsclick Prabir Purkayastha and Benny Kuruvilla from Focus on the Global South discuss the implications of RCEP

Why America’s economic war on China is failing

Trump faces negative legal judgments about his “trade war,” and the US economy slips into negative territory. Meanwhile, China has emerged as the major driver of the global economy

Big tech goes for the kill at World Trade Organization

Deborah James talks about proposed changes in global rules in the World Trade Organization

Break Gilead’s patent since US has bought all stock of Remdesivir

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

CoronaShock: The greatest crisis in the history of capitalism

Vijay Prashad talks to Brasil de Fato on the nature of the crisis COVID-19 has brought, the obscene structural discrimination and loot that characterize capitalism, and the path before the Left during and after these times

US declares vaccine war on the world

What prevents any country from making drugs and vaccines, once developed? Is it the threat of the US, or the belief that in the US-China vaccine war, they need to be on the US side?

Coronavirus India Two basic lessons from the coronavirus pandemic

The overall lesson is to reverse the direction in which neoliberalism has forced us and introduce a universal public healthcare system and a public distribution system. Otherwise several precious lives will be needlessly lost.

Researchers and activists from five countries will debate about imperialism, economic and political crisis, solidarity, and integration. (Photo: Handout) “Peoples’ BRICS” to be held concurrently with BRICS Summit

People’s movements, unions, and parties will debate common issues between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa

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