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Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée

PhD fellow at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment

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Big Tech and the digital response to Covid-19

There has been much hype recently around the potential of digital technologies to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, save lives and help societies return to normality. At the same time, critics voice concerns about how the digital response to the pandemic may extend state surveillance and exacerbate inequalities through the exclusion of vulnerable gro...

Why does Pfizer deny the public investment in its Covid-19 vaccine?

Following the announcement that BioNTech and Pfizer’s co-developed Covid-19 vaccine candidate is over 90 percent effective,  Morgenbladet, a leading Norwegian weekly, interviewed us about the implications. While celebrating the news, we pointed out that access will be a major challenge for poor countries, and questioned the ethics of the comp...

The many faces of the COVID-19 epidemic response

Managing an epidemic requires tackling the health consequences of the outbreak, as well as its social, political, security, and economic dimensions. This implies setting priorities and making trade-offs between various interests and goals – in short, a lot of politics. The biomedical angle: science versus politics in epidemic response? ...

Global health and the digital Wild West: Short report from the Tek4HealthEquity conference

Digital technologies are often embraced as the solution to global challenges within health and development, but rampant commercialisation and weak regulation challenge the ideal of digital public goods capable of reducing inequalities. Techno-optimism Many express confidence that digital technologies available through mobile phone, tablets and ...