COVID-19 is "still evolving" and "progressing around the world," threatening to make the second year of the global pandemic "more deadlier than the first,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned this week.
"It is not surprising, therefore, that there is now a vast global coalition of NGOs, states and UN agencies that favour the recognition of vaccines (and health in general) as a public good and not a business, and the consequent temporary suspension of patent rights."
The ongoing global rollout of life-saving vaccines no longer guarantees victory over COVID-19 as new "variants of concern" are now emerging and rapidly spreading worldwide, "putting current pandemic control efforts, including vaccination, at risk of being derailed," a group of leading health experts from around the world argues in this joint op-ed.
Draconian containment measures introduced by Chinese authorities as the COVID-19 pandemic spread in early 2020 exposed Chinese society's underlying anti-Black African racism, sexism, toxic masculinity, and conservative nationalism.
South African white supremacists have long bolstered global white victimhood, anti-Black racism, far right extremism and QAnon conspiracy theories. They participated in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the United States Capitol by pro-Trump white nationalists, far-right extremists, white supremacists and QAnon adherents.
Boycotting Amazon on Black Friday, the e-commerce’s behemoth’s profitable day of the year, would #MakeAmazonPay for its widely-documented labour malpractices, anti-democratic practices, and ongoing COVID-19 profiteering, says Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis.
Read South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement announcing a 21-day lockdown "to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people", issued March 23, 2020, after South Africa had experienced a six-fold increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in just eight days.
This week, retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu released a letter condemning fellow Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's continuing silence on the genocidal violence being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces and extremist Buddhists under her watch.