Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Queensland University of Technology and Jacques talk about the 'medical apartheid' which is confirmed (yet again) and made worse by the maldistribution of the COVID vaccines between the rich and the poor nations.
Yet again, a political and economic collection of (i) economic powerholders (read: the pharmaceutical industries and those who derive their personal wealth from their operations) and (ii) developed nations (the EU, the Trump-US and, till a few days ago, Australia) want to protect the developed nations by protecting the 'Intellectual Property Rights' ('TRIPS') of vaccines made by companies who developed and then 'own' the vaccines and make money out of them. (This is the case even when public money has contributed to their development, as discussed in previous programs). These companies and a number of rich nations have been refusing to waive the TRIPS and allow the vaccines to be produced and distributed more fairly.
We're a long way off anything resembling 'global health justice' it seems...
ACTION: You can let the Trade and Investment Minister, Dan Tehan, know that you support Australia signing the 'TRIPS waiver' so that poorer nations can produce and distribute COVID vaccines: (02) 6277 7420, or (03) 5572 1100.
Fpr an update...see The New Daily 11/10/2021
Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet