I remember last year being shocked when discovering that approximately 60,000 people a year were dying of the flu in the US, and there was no masking, hand washing, social distancing or education to reduce that number, it was just considered to be business as usual and barely made the news.
Then a few months ago being totally shocked reading that vaccine patents were seriously affecting the level of response to the pandemic, that the full steam ahead Warp drive war being raged against COVID 19 was suddenly going into low gear due to patents! As time has passed that shock has been tempered by those patent holders explaining why they are right to do so. I have become morally desensitized.
Now we are being prepared for the fact that the vaccinations we are getting today are not effective against all the variants, that we will need booster shots and annual injections and that the virus will never go away.
Adding to that bad news is the fact that the vaccine producers will increase prices to whatever they choose and they will decide when to say that the pandemic is over.
And yet most people sleep, they have become used to this corporate abuse, it has been normalized. Canada for example was totally screwed over by these vaccine corporations. Yet instead of storming the capitol and insisting that their government stop blocking the TRIPS waiver so they and the rest of the world can get the vaccines they need, they fight amongst themselves as to who is and who is not allowed to travel. Who is and who is not supporting the war on COVID.
New words are coming into our lexicon, variants B.1.1.7 - U.K., B.1.351 - South Africa, P.1, - Brazil., breakthrough infections, vaccine hesitancy just to name a few.
Recently I posted a "its the end of the world as we knew it, and I feel fine". Well I don't feel fine about this unbridled greed and immoral behavior of corporations. I and many others want to see decent, caring behavior be society's response to this pandemic and to wake up from the corporate nightmare that we have been led to believe is normal behavior.
First step is to support the TRIPS waiver. The main stream media is not covering it as much as it should be because.... But its not dead yet. Lets support those fighting this cause in any way we can. Write to your representative and let them know that you are still a human being and have had enough of this immoral behavior.
Poll: Most Americans Want Covid-19 Vaccine Patents Waived
It just takes pressure from the people, it worked back in the HIV crisus and it will work again.
"The Doha Declaration helped lower the cost of lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications for the hardest-hit victims. Along with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a U.S. program that was passed in 2003, these collective actions started to turn the tide on a treatable disease upending the lives of millions of people in less wealthy countries."
Some quotes from the Huff post article and the articles it linked to.
"The United States is also tracking infections in people who have been fully vaccinated, Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention told the House subcommittee hearing.
Of 77 million people vaccinated in the United States, there have been 5,800 such breakthrough infections, Walensky said, including 396 people who required hospitalization and 74 who died."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, are concerned the virus potentially could mutate enough to evade the protection of current vaccines and reverse the progress made on the pandemic.
Public health officials and infectious disease experts have said there is a high likelihood that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease, meaning it will never fully go away ......
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