Africa: Covid-19 - the Opportunity for a Reset of Our Global Humanity

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All 195 countries on the planet are in the same big salad bowl. Covid knows no borders, carries no passport. We can say that there is a vaccine, but not that 'we all' have a vaccine. People with money and power have a vaccine. A mere 16% of the global population holds 60% of all available vaccines.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of global vaccine apartheid clearly illustrate what is going wrong with the world today. Medical discoveries and most recently the Covid vaccine have always been the result of a remarkable collaboration between knowledge workers, including scientists and researchers, and public funding of their work. The Covid-19 pandemic generated public funding in excess of $12-billion into finding a vaccine. Now Big Pharma wants, in its usual practice, absent of ethics, and with its long history of putting profit before people, to privatise the benefits, having benefited from the socialisation of the costs.

Speaking to investors in mid-March, Frank D'Amelio, Pfizer's CFO, said the company was selling its vaccines at "pandemic pricing", indicating that could change once most of the world had received its first dose.

"So the one price that we published is the price with the US...

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