Prioritize immediate access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines for “billions” of people in the Global South over obscene profits for pandemic profiteering Big Pharma, UN human rights experts tell the leaders of the world’s largest economies ahead of this weekend's G7 summit in the UK.
COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories, key nurturers of the public health and security crisis of vaccine hesitancy, are still thriving on Facebook, Instagram and other major social media platforms.
The United States will endorse a motion at the World Trade Organization seeking to waive draconian patent and related intellectual property protections that have thus far prevented the world from achieving global COVID-19 vaccines equity, the Biden-Harris administration announced this week. Pope Francis announced his support of “universal access to the vaccine” and condemned the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.
This week, the most consequential trial in this historic era of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement culminated in a rare guilty verdict. A Minneapolis jury found Derek Chauvin, a white man and former police officer, guilty of the May 2020 brutal, daylight lynching of George Floyd, a Black American man.
U.S. civil liberties and media freedom played a key role in 17-year-old Darnella Frazier's recording and dissemination of a cellphone video of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer who was this week found guilty on all three charges brought against him in relation to the May 2020 murder.
This week, the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 3 million, and cases topped 140 million, two heartbreaking milestones accompanied by burgeoning global COVID-19 vaccine “apartheid”, emerging deadly virus variants and mutations, increasing prevalence of vaccine “blood clots” and side-effects, vaccination pauses and restrictions, and the racist politics around the global distribution of life-saving vaccines.
The white supremacy at the heart of recent instances of anti-Asian and anti-Black racism and egregious violence in the United States "does not require a white person to perpetuate it," argues Jennifer Ho, a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male," a U.S. government-sponsored unethical study on 399 Black men from Alabama that was conducted between 1932 and 1972, is not responsible for current medical racism, health inequities and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.