"The message from the U.S. is clear," said one progressive critic: "the 'global health' system is our geopolitical weapon."
'Shame It's Taken So Long': Health Advocates Welcome Formal WTO Talks to Suspend Covid Vaccine Patents
"Countless numbers of people have needlessly died while waiting for a breakthrough in these discussions," said one campaigner. "Governments must now clear away these artificial barriers to vaccine production and end this deadly pandemic."
Instead of rushing to emerge, we would do well now to slow down, take stock of the luggage we are carrying and the carcasses we are still dragging.
"The E.U. 'plan' is to urge current vaccine makers to produce more, an approach that already has failed spectacularly and now imperils the world."
Covid-19 infections in most countries have been hugely underestimated—not least because rich countries bought almost all the tests.
Humanity's survival into the twenty-second century and all our hopes for a bright future depend on building new political and economic systems that will simply and genuinely "do what is best for all of us."
"No one anywhere is safe from Covid-19 until everyone is safe everywhere."
Our decision to structure patent and copyright monopolies in a way that allows for a small number of people to get incredibly rich is because we have politicians who like very rich people.
Biden Faces Backlash Over 'Shameful' Capitulation to GOP Governors as They End Unemployment Lifelines
"You only take back the lifeline when people aren't drowning," said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative.