The Covid19 pandemic truly is a microcosm for the banal stupidity and shortsightedness of capitalism. Let’s break it down.
Rich countries are buying & manufacturing vaccines while developing countries cannot manufacture their own due to patent law, this prolongs the pandemic
While pandemic is prolonged, new virus mutations risk emerging and making existing vaccine protection (including in rich countries) obsolete
Pharma companies that own and produce the vaccine continue to refuse to make the vaccines patent-free, for profit
Profit that will be dwarfed by the economic costs (both short-term and long-term) should the above mutation scenarios occur
You can disregard the ethical/humane side of this entirely and just look at the business side and it's still so utterly fucking stupid.
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