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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...
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...
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?
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.
Many express confidence that digital technologies available through mobile phone, tablets and ...
Norway plays a leadership role in the global pandemic response as co-lead of the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) and chair of the World Trade Organization TRIPS Council. The country is also a key negotiator in discussions on new financing instruments for pandemic preparedness and response. In addition, Norway is one of the five cou...
As co-chair of the ACT-A
Facilitation Council, Norway has been a leading proponent of the need for
global solidarity to achieve equity in access to Covid-19 vaccines, diagnostics
and therapeutics. By contrast, domestic debates about Norway’s ongoing vaccine
roll-out have taken a distinctly populist and nationalist tone in recent weeks.