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Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: January 5
Year of Publication: 2021
Publication City: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: AlterNet Media Inc.
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad , Globetrotter
Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their malicious practice. Anything less than focused attention to managing the virus by testing, contact tracing, and isolation—and if this does not suffice, then imposing a temporary lockdown—is foolhardy. It is equally distressing that these richer countries have pursued a policy of “vaccine nationalism” by stockpiling vaccine candidates rather than a policy for the creation of a “people’s vaccine.” For the sake of humanity, it would be prudent to suspend intellectual property rules and develop a procedure to create universal vaccines for all people.
Although the pandemic is the principal issue on all of our minds, other major issues threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet. These include:
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