India has been added to the UK ‘red list’. With the country setting a global record for case numbers reported in a single day and reports of oxygen shortages and hospitals becoming overwhelmed, a year into this pandemic we may well be facing its most serious crisis yet.
Ensuring equitable vaccine access is about human rights. And access should never have been determined by wealth.
Even though Agnes Attakai is a longtime Indian health administrator, she had no way of knowing that her Diné family members would become a textbook illustration of Native America’s disadvantages in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.
The reality is that pandemics don’t stop on a dime, vaccines can’t be rushed and their safe delivery is quite complicated.
The headlines that trumpet coronavirus boondoggles have become, in effect, the rain on our yes-we-now-have-a-vaccine! parade. How could some be making billions off the horror that’s killing millions?