Profits Over People: Why Weren’t the Vaccine Manufacturers Nationalized? 

On April 6, 1917, the day the Senate ratified the declaration of war with Germany, Pres. Woodrow Wilson exercised a provision of the Radio Act of 1912 that enabled nationalization during a war; the Navy physically acquired radio companies, consolidated them and broke patents to stimulate innovation; it also took over around 50 commercial radio stations and closed down the rest of them (along with all amateur radio operators).

Source: Profits Over People: Why Weren’t the Vaccine Manufacturers Nationalized? – CounterPunch.org

  Media Outlets Flood the Zone With News of Facebook’s Failure 

The weekend crop of stories were a part of that push. Nearly all of them reveal Facebook executives’ reluctance to fix the problem at the heart of the company’s dangerous but profitable business: a revenue model that puts engagement and growth before the health and welfare of a multiracial democracy.

Source: Opinion | Media Outlets Flood the Zone With News of Facebook’s Failure | Timothy Karr

Achal Prabhala: How the West Is Keeping the Covid-19 Pandemic From Ending

Highlighting how the Pfizer-BioNTech and NIH-Moderna vaccines have only been supplied in the richest 20 percent of the world–a move that has made them inordinate profits–Prabhala comes to a harrowing conclusion: By only immunizing wealthy nations, the pharmaceutical companies in question are in effect “engineering vaccine apartheid,” he argues, and driving the proliferation of other variants of the coronavirus. This in turn will create more incentive for rich countries to buy more shots from companies like Pfizer, which is already pushing the idea of boosters that would make the company billions of dollars more in profit.

Source: Achal Prabhala: How the West Is Keeping the Covid-19 Pandemic From Ending