Ending Vaccine Apartheid
The global COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequalities of capitalism. Nowhere has this been more transparent than the inequalities to vaccine access between the Global North and the Global South. Thanks to sustained pressure from grassroots activists, the Biden Administration has agreed to support a temporary waiver of patents for COVID-19 vaccines (a “Trips waiver”). This Socialist Night School session will explore the inequalities around vaccine access, how intellectual property and patents put corporate profits over public health, and what socialists in the US can do to decommidify healthcare and end global vaccine apartheid. This session will feature: Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla is a member of the Cabinet of Progressive International and leads its policy pillar, Blueprint. Prior to PI, Varsha worked on a global reproductive justice campaign at Women Deliver in New York. She’s from Hyderabad, India. Michael Galant is a Secretariat of Progressive International, and helps to coordinate its media pillar, the Wire. Michael is also a member of the DSA International Committee’s Secretariat and organizes with the Economics and Trade Subcommittee.