The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race

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      Centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, battles against plagues seldom went well. Medieval public health warriors had little scientific knowledge about their viral assailants. And what little knowledge they did gain, they couldn’t easily share… We have a different problem. Our scientists aren’t sharing because they can’t share… their bosses won’t let them. And our elected leaders don’t seem to mind…

      These corporations make money by locking up information, not by giving it away freely. Their singular focus: gaining patents that let them price new drugs at whatever the market can bear. The biggest threat to that market might: the free flow of scientific information. If the scientists these corporations employ shared everything they’re learning, other companies might beat them to the patent punch…

      But if scientists working on Covid-19 vaccines can’t share what they’re learning, can’t get feedback from their peers elsewhere, can’t access the research their peers are conducting, won’t developing an effective corona vaccine take longer..?   The simple answer: yes…Apologists for our current economic order have a justification…Companies need an incentive to invest in research…Congress has time and again…economist Dean Baker points out, lengthened and strengthened patent and copyright “protections,” moves that let our corporate giants keep charging monopoly prices year after year…

      Under our current private-domain patent regime, Baker points out, Americans last year spent about $460 billion “on drugs that would likely sell for less than $80 billion in a true free market.”  This system made no sense before the pandemic. This system — enriching the few at the expense of the many — makes even less sense now.

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/the-inefficient-and-incredibly-lucrative-coronavirus-vaccine-race/

       

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      Summary:  British & US writers paint Vietnam’s successful & grassroots campaign to get rid of C-19 as suspect because of supposedly repressive measures used.  Ex-pats living in Vietnam and Vietnamese talk of the measures used and cry bullshit, e.g.:

      JN: I’m living in Vietnam. The police went knocking at my door (and) asked me some questions like: “did you travel before the 11th of march” then checked the stamps on my passport. I’m still traumatized by that interaction… Just kidding 😆 I’m feeling so lucky to be in this country during this time. Also, the article forgot to mention the catchy song, the collective effort, the volunteers, the rice ATM, and much more… ❤️ 🇻🇳 😁

      CT: Western winning over covid19 is just like American won the Vietnam war. FAKE.

      caroline mills @misscvietnam: Track and trace has been a huge factor in Vietnam’s success in keeping cases below 300, with no deaths to date. I posted about this, and how amazing that was. It made me feel safe to keep the resort open, and to accept guidance from authorities that I could trust.

      As of 24 May, Vietnam has a grand total of 325 cases of COVID-19, including 267 who have recovered, zero deaths, and 58 active cases. Most of the latter are repatriated Vietnamese who have tested positive while in quarantine. There have been no community transmissions since 16 April. In tragic contrast, the US has over 1.6 million total cases and a death toll approaching 100,000, while the UK has 257,154 total cases and 36,675 deaths. The question on many people’s minds is Who’s your Daddy, USA and UK?

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/vietnam-criticized-for-its-first-round-victory-over-covid-19/

       

      Vietnam has 96 million people.  The article posts data from surveys (one international) showing the majority of vietnamese (in the 90%s) are very satisified with their government’s handling of the pandemic.

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