Dear colleagues and friends, on Saturday April 24 I attended a webinar hosted by the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society (CVFS). The keynote speaker was Dr. Nguyen Hung Son, who is vice-president of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
Over 100 participants in the workshop were especially interested in Vietnam’s effective measures to respond to the pandemic.
Vietnam showed that even a small country can thrive strongly and maintain sovereignty, independence and national values, said Steve Rutchinski, a representative from the CVFS who moderated the webinar.
Cuba continues to receive international accolades for its singular role in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This is illustrated by the numerous nominations of Cuba’s internationalist medical contingent – the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade against Disasters and Serious Epidemics – for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading →
(December 21) – As 2020 draws to a close, the COVID19 pandemic rages on, yet, undoubtedly, we have entered a distinct phase as a number of countries now begin or plan for mass distribution and administration of newly developed vaccines. As of this writing, there are six approved vaccines and over 50 candidates in development (Craven, 2020, WHO 2020). In the UK, the NHS recently started administering the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA vaccine, and the US followed suit one week later. COVID19 vaccine development has reinvigorated a certain type of vaccine nationalism not seen for decades. Each vaccine or candidate gets a particular pedigree, narrative and aura of trustworthiness according to its origins. The vaccines and candidates are a mix of private-sector developed or public/private partnership, with only a few candidates from universities or the public sector (WHO, 2020). In Cuba’s state-run socialist biopharmaceutical system, their new COVID19 vaccine, called Soberana or “The Sovereign,” is effortlessly enfolded into a long-standing national narrative of vaccine prowess. Continue reading →
The present aim of maximum private profit has obviously failed with regard to having a secure supply chain of necessary health care products or it would not be a matter of discussion and concern | Commentary by K.C. ADAMS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. He said the plan will “create pathways to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses so they can help during this critical time. […] The Plan introduces new measures to directly support these businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19. These products could include critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. […] It focuses on domestic capacity building, innovative solutions, and procurement of essential supplies.” Continue reading →
HALIFAX December 1, 2010 – CANADIANS are dead set against the privatization of the health care system but are faced with governments that serve private not public interests. As a result, they use the social wealth to pay the rich while claiming there is a scarcity of funds for health care and other social programs. After creating a crisis in health care by depriving it of the required funds, a “solution” is then presented in the form of public-private-partnerships or P3s, promoted as a creative way to solve the “health care crisis.” Canadians have seen that they are simply another way to put public money at the disposal of private interests. One such example in Nova Scotia is particularly insidious because it is not even referred to as a P3. Continue reading →