Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe 

Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives. 

Source: Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe | Portside

Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… –

By reacting quickly and decisively, by mobilising its public healthcare system and world-leading biotech sector, Cuba has kept contagion and fatalities low. In 2020 Cuba confirmed a total of 12,225 coronavirus cases and 146 deaths in a population of 11.2 million, among the lowest rates in the Western Hemisphere. In November 2020, the airports were opened, leading to a surge with more infections in January 2021 than the whole of the previous year. By 24 March 2021, Cuba had registered fewer than 70,000 cases and 408 deaths. The death rate was 35 per million and the fatality rate was just 0.59% (2.2% worldwide; 2.9% in Britain). More

Source: Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… – CounterPunch.org

Why Big Pharma Shouldn’t Control COVID-19 Vaccines 

At a recent virtual gathering of parents and faculty at my children’s school, one parent who is a teacher and therefore eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine mentioned that she got her first Pfizer shot at a local pharmacy, and when she asked about a leftover dose that could be given to her husband rather than thrown away, her husband got lucky. The rest of us parents eagerly took down the drug store’s information and called about leftover doses after the meeting. Better for the vaccines to be dispensed than thrown into the trash, was our logic.

Source: Why Big Pharma Shouldn’t Control COVID-19 Vaccines | Portside

COVID-19 Vaccines, Access and the Intellectual Property Wars – 

By now, anybody speaking about vaccine equality and equity of access must surely be coming across as slightly deranged.  In the field of COVID-19, traditional proprietorial instincts remain.  Add to this the disparity in terms of manufacture, bureaucracy and the nasty flavour of politics, and we would all be entitled to long draughts of cynicism. More

Source: COVID-19 Vaccines, Access and the Intellectual Property Wars – CounterPunch.org