“it’s very nice that the G20 [20 of the world’s largest economies] see Covid-19 immunization ‘as a global public good,’ but the reality is that G20 countries have privatized the medical knowledge behind Covid vaccines … preventing most of the world producing the vaccines we so desperately need. They should have taken this moment to commit to putting the health of people across the world ahead of Big Pharma’s profits,” [Daniel Willis, U.K advocacy group Global Justice]
The role of the U.S. in this shameful conspiracy is appalling. Like his predecessor, President Biden has continued to block India and South Africa’s proposal for an emergency lifting of the world-wide agreement that enforces patent protection allowing drug companies to hoard the formula’s for the vaccine. Monopoly control by the drug companies persists even though a lot of taxpayer money went into the development of their vaccines. Would you believe the drug companies have already bamboozled the U.S. out of $12 billion of taxpayer money?
There’s lots more to indict the U.S., including a profit-driven healthcare system that was so totally unprepared for the pandemic that the U.S. finds itself in the unenviable position of being 5% of the world’s population but first in COVID cases and deaths. How does the U.S. lack of a national health care system make vaccines only a temporary solution? You may find the answer in “Vaccines Developed by a Profit-Driven Healthcare System May Not Stop the Next Pandemic”
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