To date, just 3% of Africa’s 1.3 billion-strong population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 people on the continent. World Health Organization officials warned last week that Africa is on track to receive 470 million fewer vaccine doses this year than previously expected, a shortfall that the WHO’s Africa director blamed on “export bans and vaccine hoarding.”At the current pace of vaccination, nearly 80% of African nations are set to miss the WHO’s goal of ensuring that at least 10% of every country’s population is inoculated against Covid-19 by the end of September.”Unfortunately, the global rollout of the vaccine has not been impervious to the scourge of inequality,” President Hage Geingob of Namibia said during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Vaccine apartheid has built a giant variant factory that threatens us all — and it’s caused by private ownership of pharmaceutical production and the indifference of Western governments. We need a movement demanding an end to it.
Unlike world leaders, activists saw the moral crisis coming since the start of the pandemic and quickly came up with a number of actionable plans to create equitable access to life-saving vaccines.
We should be grateful that the title “apartheid,” to denote the Israeli regime between the river and the sea, is becoming more and more common and legitimate, even fashionable. But like every fashion, there is a problem here too. It is not with the definition itself, but with what is omitted from it.
Over 16,000 artists, including hundreds of Palestinian artists, six Academy Award winners, and eight Pulitzer Prize winning writers, have signed a letter denouncing Israel’s apartheid system and calling on countries “to cut trade, economic and cultural relations.”
As violence rages in Gaza, U.S. officials must come to the aid of the oppressed or face political consequences.
With enormous pro-Palestine demonstrations erupting across the world — including a historic general strike today in Palestine itself — Israeli apartheid is feeling the heat. The next step is to bring it down.
The Question Of Apartheid It was perhaps 6 or 7 years ago. I was part of a panel, debating on Israel and the Palestinians, that took place at a local (West Chester, Pa) Quaker Friends school. The school had such debates regularly until the administration caved-in to pressure from the Zionist parents of a number More