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.
From the start of the pandemic, we’ve known several things about this coronavirus that make it particularly dangerous. One is its high level of infectiousness, which allows it to quickly overwhelm health care infrastructure. Another is its ability to constantly evolve and change, rapidly upending what we thought we knew.
This is a very serious question, even if I’m using a bit of clickbait here. I’m not out to get Dr. Fauci, who deserves some sort of Nobel Prize for trying to give straight information to the public, even as Donald Trump was doing everything he could to minimize the pandemic. But there is an More
Dozens of protesters took to the streets of New York City, chanting “Pfizer’s Greed Kills,” as Pfizer and the German government refused to share COVID-19 vaccine formulas with the Global South. Pfizer has made billions in profits while the global pandemic death toll has surpassed 4 million people.
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.
The inexorable future toward which vaccine capitalism is taking us is a Covid endemic: a future where Covid is a treatable disease for the upper middle classes and a continuous deadly infectious disease with a steady level of fatalities among the poor.