Take the Pfizer profits and distribute them to rank and file NHS workers. Or to covax. Both are worthy.Millennie Al wrote: ↑Sat May 08, 2021 2:13 amSo do you support the NHS 1% pay rise, or do you think it's too much? Presumably you don't want the NHS staff profiting from this dire situation either.Herainestold wrote: ↑Fri May 07, 2021 12:13 amAZ is supposedly not making profits off the vaccine. In light of recent news have any of the other manufacturers volunteered to forego patent protection for the duration? It makes me very angry to think of Pfizer profiting billions from this dire situation. Their profits should be confiscated and given to Covax
Covid-19 discussion, bring your own statistics
The head of the World Trade Organization has said she hopes the body will have found a “pragmatic” solution in regard to Covid-19 vaccine patents waivers by December.
No sh.t.Experts have said that waivers would not address the immediate need to rapidly manufacture doses.
Why is it that the NHS worker who saves a life is worthy, but a vaccine manufacturer saving a life is not worthy?Herainestold wrote: ↑Sat May 08, 2021 3:06 amTake the Pfizer profits and distribute them to rank and file NHS workers. Or to covax. Both are worthy.
Any quite apart from that, how do you expect to get your hands on the profits of a foreign company where the profits are made abroad based on a product licenced from a foreign producer?
Covid-19 - Don't catch it: don't spread it.
PM of UK, which has so far only imported vaccines and not exported any, tells a bunch of countries who have been exporting vaccines, to export vaccines
Downing Street said the UK has "led efforts to ensure the world's poorest and most vulnerable people have access to vaccines", referring to its funding of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
The Guardian says that the BBC (can't find it) says that
Many thousands of vaccine doses have been destroyed in African countries after exceeding their expiry dates amid a reluctance to be inoculated and a lack of medical infrastructure, the BBC reports.
Malawi has destroyed almost 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while South Sudan said it would safely dispose of 59,000 doses and hand back another 72,000 to the global Covax scheme for poorer countries.
The Democratic Republic of Congo said it could not use most of the 1.7 million AstraZeneca doses it received through Covax, so they were sent to Ghana, Madagascar and elsewhere. Nigeria was also unable to use some doses.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... story.htmlThe Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population, according to three people familiar with the plans.
The first 200 doses will be distributed this year, with the subsequent 300 million shared in the first half of next year. The doses will be distributed by Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative to share doses around the globe, and they will be targeted at low- and middle-income countries. Pfizer is selling the doses to the U.S. at a “not-for-profit” price, according to the people familiar with the deal.
There is a "million" missing in the second sentence, but what's a factor of 106 between friends?