China on the horizon as ‘world’s pharmacy’

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus announced approval for China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Geneva, May 7, 2021 The World Health Organisation’s approval Friday for China’s Covid-19 vaccine known as Sinopharm dramatically transforms the ecosystem of the pandemic. In immediate terms, this has potential to boost global vaccine supply, as China’s overall yearly production capacity is approaching five …

Biden’s decision on TRIPS waiver is political theatre. India cannot pin hopes on it.

Employees work in the production of Biontech/Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine at a facility in Reinbek, Germany  The Ministry of External Affairs has welcomed the statement of the US government of 5th May announcing their support for a relaxation in the norms of the agreement on TRIPS, to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines …

Boris Johnson walks away laughing with India’s Serum Institute in tow

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson coming out of the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, April 9, 2020 (File photo)  Three cheers for the Indian Supreme Court’s suo moto intervention on the issue of distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic. India, the “world pharmacy”, is entering shark-infested waters, as vaccine …

Post-American Afghanistan through looking glass

Ex-CIA officer Bruce Riedel at Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, whose familiarity with Afghanistan is never in doubt, has held a looking glass to figure out the future course of events even as the US troop withdrawal commences.  History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes. Riedel sees in the haziness old familiar shapes appearing — the …