COVID and the injustices of global vaccine distribution

Friday, 17 September 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

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





Friday 10:00am to 10:30am
Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.


Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet