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Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

Countries could be facing a wave of cases from transnational corporations suing governments over actions taken to respond to the Covid pandemic using a system known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS. 630 organisations from across the world, representing hundreds of millions of people, are calling on governments in an open letter [1] to urgently take action to shut down this threat. 

Global Justice Now today criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for failing to join world leaders in declaring a potential coronavirus vaccine to be a ‘public good’, and instead acting as a cheerleader for the pharmaceutical industry at the World Health Assembly, which concludes today. 

Coronavirus is killing the poor far more than the rich. A vaccine must be free for everyone


19 May 2020

Pneumonia is killing 2,000 people every day. But not because of coronavirus. For nearly twenty years, millions of children have not had access to the patented vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline due to its high cost, which has generated billions in profit for those corporations.

Where the pandemic isn’t (yet) the virus: fearing illness and destitution in Lesotho

Every morning, Google Alerts connects me to news coverage of Lesotho, a small southern African country that I’ve visited regularly since the mid-1990s. Over the past couple of months, the new lexicon of social distancing, lock-down, PCR testing kits and PPE shortages has threaded through the nation’s press, a striking reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is truly global.

The impact of Covid-19 on Bangladesh

This article is part of our interview series, Southern Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic,

In recent weeks I have interviewed several social movements activists and NGO campaigners in Bangladesh about the impact of coronavirus on their country. Many are fearful to speak publicly, especially to members of the foreign media and NGOs, about their concerns and views over their government’s approach to the pandemic.

Covid-19 in Calais – a harsher hostile environment

Displaced communities in Calais are on the frontlines of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The migrants living in precarious conditions at the UK-French border have been left without support and are facing hostility and violence from the state. I’ve been volunteering in Calais and have seen first-hand how the outbreak of coronavirus has rendered an already bleak and desperate situation far bleaker. We must stand in solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere.

Reacting to reports that today’s Coronavirus Global Response Summit has raised the majority of its €7.5 billion target for the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, Heidi Chow of Global Justice Now said:  

“We welcome the funding that has been pledged today and the commitment of the hosts to make any Covid-19 vaccine available, accessible and affordable to all. But what is not clear is how the hosts of today’s summit intend to achieve the aim of universal access. 

Reaction to reports that US-UK trade talks are to restart virtually next week.

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The case for a global financial reset in the wake of Covid-19 

Even in the wealthiest countries on earth, years of austerity combined with ‘market knows best’ ideology has hollowed out our ability to deal with coronavirus. But for many countries in the global south, the weakness of the public sector was not a democratic choice but was imposed by rich countries and international institutions like the IMF...

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Climate actions should not be postponed due to Covid-19, both crises are threats to us all

The novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has shown us how interconnected we are and how fragile the global economic system is. Since its first identification in Wuhan, China in mid-December last year, the virus has spread rapidly to almost every county in the world and become a pandemic.

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Coronavirus is killing the poor far more than the rich. A vaccine must be free for everyone


19 May 2020

Pneumonia is killing 2,000 people every day. But not because of coronavirus. For nearly twenty years, millions of children have not had access to the patented vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline due to its high cost, which has generated billions in profit for those corporations.

Where the pandemic isn’t (yet) the virus: fearing illness and destitution in Lesotho

Every morning, Google Alerts connects me to news coverage of Lesotho, a small southern African country that I’ve visited regularly since the mid-1990s. Over the past couple of months, the new lexicon of social distancing, lock-down, PCR testing kits and PPE shortages has threaded through the nation’s press, a striking reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is truly global.

The impact of Covid-19 on Bangladesh

This article is part of our interview series, Southern Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic,

In recent weeks I have interviewed several social movements activists and NGO campaigners in Bangladesh about the impact of coronavirus on their country. Many are fearful to speak publicly, especially to members of the foreign media and NGOs, about their concerns and views over their government’s approach to the pandemic.

Covid-19 in Calais – a harsher hostile environment

Displaced communities in Calais are on the frontlines of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The migrants living in precarious conditions at the UK-French border have been left without support and are facing hostility and violence from the state. I’ve been volunteering in Calais and have seen first-hand how the outbreak of coronavirus has rendered an already bleak and desperate situation far bleaker. We must stand in solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere.

Climate actions should not be postponed due to Covid-19, both crises are threats to us all

The novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has shown us how interconnected we are and how fragile the global economic system is. Since its first identification in Wuhan, China in mid-December last year, the virus has spread rapidly to almost every county in the world and become a pandemic.

Covid-19: the spectre of an Africa unprepared for health crises


31 March 2020

On March 29, 2020, African Center for Disease Control (CDC) had reported a total of 4,282 cases, 134 deaths, and 302 recoveries from Covid-19. 46 out of 54 countries have been affected since the first case reported on the continent in Egypt on February 15. Africa is almost closed by Covid-19 and the situation is almost similar to the first month of invasion of the pandemic in Europe.

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Exiting the permanent crisis in the global south

April 2020

The case for a global financial reset in the wake of Covid-19 

Even in the wealthiest countries on earth, years of austerity combined with ‘market knows best’ ideology has hollowed out our ability to deal with coronavirus. But for many countries in the global south, the weakness of the public sector was not a democratic choice but was imposed by rich countries and international institutions like the IMF...

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Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

Countries could be facing a wave of cases from transnational corporations suing governments over actions taken to respond to the Covid pandemic using a system known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS. 630 organisations from across the world, representing hundreds of millions of people, are calling on governments in an open letter [1] to urgently take action to shut down this threat. 

Global Justice Now today criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for failing to join world leaders in declaring a potential coronavirus vaccine to be a ‘public good’, and instead acting as a cheerleader for the pharmaceutical industry at the World Health Assembly, which concludes today. 

Reacting to reports that today’s Coronavirus Global Response Summit has raised the majority of its €7.5 billion target for the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, Heidi Chow of Global Justice Now said:  

“We welcome the funding that has been pledged today and the commitment of the hosts to make any Covid-19 vaccine available, accessible and affordable to all. But what is not clear is how the hosts of today’s summit intend to achieve the aim of universal access.