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16/04/21
Author: 
Michael Safi
Staff train at Oxford Biomedica during production of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Researchers looked at the source of hundreds of millions of pounds of research grants from 2000 onwards that underpinned work on the vaccine. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

15 Apr 2021

Analysis rebuts claim by Boris Johnson that jab was developed ‘because of greed’

At least 97% of the funding for the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been identified as coming from taxpayers or charitable trusts, according to the first attempt to reconstruct who paid for the decades of research that led to the lifesaving formulation.

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15/04/21
Author: 
Jake Johnson
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization, attends a session of the WTO General Council in Geneva on March 1, 2021. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

April 14, 2021

"Global supply should not be dependent on the purely commercial prerogatives and exclusive rights of pharmaceutical companies holding the technology. There is simply too much at stake."

An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary approach that would keep life-saving technology under the total control of pharmaceutical corporations—and entrench massive global inequities.

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14/04/21
Author: 
 Linda McQuaig
Sanofi
 April 7, 2021

Canada’s faltering COVID-19 vaccine rollout is all the more stunning in light of news that little Cuba is on the brink of having its own vaccine – actually one of five COVID vaccines being developed by the tiny nation’s booming biotech industry.

11/04/21
Author: 
Mark Beeching, president, Amalgamated Transit Union local 1724
A HandyDART vehicle.

Apr 8, 2021

Union president speaks out about changes to HandyDART system

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TransLink is proposing an onerous and intimidating interview process to decide if seniors and people with disabilities are disabled enough to ride HandyDART - resurrecting painful ideas with questionable motives.

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