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Lockdown in the Global South

Global media and news channels like Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN and India’s NDTV have been marketing “Warp Speed” vaccines—  although their efficacy including how long their immunity lasts is not clear—to the world with images of Prime Ministers, Vice President elects, and a Crown Prince in the Middle East taking the jab live on television– seemingly to encourage vaccine skeptics. Vaccine nationalism is growing with intense competition among Pharmaceutical Corporations and countries that manufacture vaccines and their local partners.

However, the country-specific quantitative and qualitative data now available for many hot and humid tropical South East Asian and African countries for the year 2020, indicate that there is NO Covid-19 emergency in a vast majority of countries in the Global South, and hence little need to rush to buy vaccines.

READ: If Covid-19 is Primarily a ‘First World’ Virus, Why is the Global South in Lockdown?