on May 14, 2021
Let me start this week’s intro with a few quotes from John Nkengasong (Africa CDC), last weekend. When referring to the issue of a temporary Trips waiver proposal, he urged countries to get “on the right side of history”, stating: “As a continent, when this is all over, and it will be over, we are a resilient continent, we will remember not just the loud voices of those who did not support us but we will also remember the silence of our friends in this battle.” I’m sure many ‘friends’ have noticed.
“Global health starts at home”, they say, so how has the EU been doing in this respect? While arguably the EU got too much flak for its common vaccine policy & procurement for EU citizens (certainly given the fact that so called “frontrunners” like the UK, US and Israel weren’t exactly role models, grabbing & hoarding whatever they could get hold of), it’s also obvious that Team Europe didn’t receive enough criticism for its (rather “ambiguous”) role on...