More deaths in a war trumps defeating a pandemic
In Britain the figures for covid infections keep on rising and falling. There’s little talk of hospitals being overwhelmed and no mention at all of deaths. Just over two years ago you were a minor celebrity if you caught covid now no one notices.
Although not strictly a disease of the winter the expectation (at least it is hoped there are some with the responsibility to deal with infections to have such expectations) the figures will again climb due to the sort of social mixing that takes place indoors when it gets cold. Whether it will be as catastrophic as in previous years remains to be seen. If it is not that will be more down to luck than any planning by the Government. Two and a half years since the disease was identified there is still no strategy (and if there is they are keeping it very quiet).
Not surprisingly the Buffoon is more concerned about his own miserable political future than managing the worst pandemic the world has had to face in a hundred years. (That’s, of course, if you ignore the disease of capitalism that has been killing people in their millions every year of its existence.)
As if the deaths from the pandemic were not bad enough he is more concerned with perpetuating the war in the Ukraine and increasing spending on ‘defence’, both of which necessarily lead to more and more death and destruction of populations and economies.
The situation when it comes to vaccines is not really any better now (worldwide) than it was 18 months ago.
The richer countries are now up to four vaccines for the most ‘vulnerable’ and will soon be vaccinating embryos in the womb yet in the vast majority of the ‘Global South’ hundreds of millions haven’t even seen a vaccine let alone gotten ‘full’ protection.
And that situation is fully down to the policies followed by the capitalists in the ‘west’.
They take a cavalier approach to the valuable vaccines and there are constant stories of a million doses here, a million does there having to be destroyed as they have gone out of date. (Whether such a short shelf life is actually necessary I have my doubts. Not being a scientist I don’t know the actual science behind such periods but it does seem like another way to pump more billions into the pockets of ‘Big Pharma’.)
Promises made with great acclaim at international meetings about these rich countries ‘donating’ vaccines to the poorer parts of the world’s population come to nought and once the limelight has been switched down those promises are rarely fulfilled.
But worst of all is the opposition of all the leaders of the capitalist countries to the (just temporary and only in this particular situation) relaxing of the patent laws that would allow for more countries to be able to produce, and thus satisfy, their own vaccine needs.
If reason is needed to demonstrate that the World Trade Organisation – to which all these patent laws relate – was a cartel of the rich to make them richer and to keep the poor in even deeper levels of destitution then what is being played out at this time should dispel all doubts.
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This has been happening everywhere in the ‘west’. And has been going on since the vaccine was first stated to be distributed.
More than a million corona shots in the trash: The surpluses are large everywhere. [This from the Netherlands.]
Growing revolt among medical practitioners against vaccinating toddlers for covid. [From the US.]
Covid reinfections could be more severe for some – but overall evidence doesn’t give us cause for concern.
The effects of covid
Girls’ mental health has been affected more than boys’ during the pandemic.
Fast and furious Omicron new variants defy explanation – and don’t bode well for the future either.
The inside story of Recovery: how the world’s largest COVID-19 trial transformed treatment – and what it could do for other diseases.
Long covid: vaccination could reduce symptoms.
Care for 2 million Britons with long Covid ‘woefully inadequate’.
Long covid: female sex, older age and existing health problems increase risk.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and waste
£4 billion of unusable PPE bought in first year of pandemic will be burnt ‘to generate power’.
Those who benefited from the pandemic
‘Profiting from Pain’: Covid created a billionaire every 30 hours.
Poverty in Britain
To ‘level up’, the UK needs a real jubilee: a mass write-off of debts.
How are people adapting post (first wave?) covid pandemic
Long social distancing: how young adults’ habits have changed since covid.