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(NPR)   Feel free to thank these 36 countries for our future variants   (npr.org) divider line
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3287 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 14 Jan 2022 at 3:05 PM (4 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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4 days ago  
Don't blame the countries. Blame capitalism for this one.
 
4 days ago  
Yeah let's blame people for not getting a vaccine that isn't available.  Crossing a war zone or two for a shot you probably won't be able to get, shouldn't be that much of a problem.
 
4 days ago  
Those countries have inadequate supplies, and inadequate infrastructure to deliver supplies.

We have no such excuses.  We're just packed full of morons.
 
4 days ago  
What a variant might look like

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4 days ago  
I question the purpose of including Western Sahara considering it's not even a country and roughly 50 people live there.
 
4 days ago  
I would include those countries that have less than 40% vaccinated as well.  If you do that, YIKES!
 
4 days ago  
I'm more likely to blame the idiots at home who will help spread variants
 
4 days ago  
I think there's a whole lot of blame going around for not getting vaccines in arms in most of those countries.

Although Afghanistan has mostly themselves to blame.
 
4 days ago  
The one my family has right now isn't terrible. I'm glad I got the stabby stab because alls I have is a fever of 100ish and my body feels like I fell off a roof. The wife had it slightly worse a day or two ago.
 
4 days ago  
Weirdly, I'm not worried about someone in North Yemen serving me up the next batch o' COVID-19.

I'm worried about the third of Americans who continue to be belligerently ignorant assholes, happily cheering about how they're "purebloods" while rubbing themselves with sheep drench, chugging their own piss, and attacking sane people who wear masks in public.
 
4 days ago  

aleister_greynight: Yeah let's blame people for not getting a vaccine that isn't available.  Crossing a war zone or two for a shot you probably won't be able to get, shouldn't be that much of a problem.


You're getting close to summing it up.

These folks live places where the day to day risk of harm and risk of dying is significantly greater than the risk posed by covid.

So they're gonna trek 15 miles for a shot for a disease that's less of a risk to them than starving to death, getting shot, or running out of potable water?

Unlikely.
 
4 days ago  
I blame the pharmaceutical companies that took heavy government subsidies to produce the vaccine, then used patent law to block it from being widely distributed. I also blame the governments for not making the subsidies contingent on waiving patent rights to mass produce the vaccine for the good of the whole planet.
 
4 days ago  

Ed Willy: I blame the pharmaceutical companies that took heavy government subsidies to produce the vaccine, then used patent law to block it from being widely distributed. I also blame the governments for not making the subsidies contingent on waiving patent rights to mass produce the vaccine for the good of the whole planet.


Socialize the cost, privatize the profits baby!

/it's bullshiat, any patent or drug developed under public funding should immediately be available to the public or generic manufacturers.
 
4 days ago  
Madagascar is one of the yellow countries. Uh oh.
 
4 days ago  
It's imperialism that messed them up, so....that one's kind of on us.
 
4 days ago  
There is hope for a cheap vaccine. It's called Corbevax.

NPR link
 
4 days ago  
 
4 days ago  
It's on the rich nations to ensure everyone has access.  This is a case where the altruists and those motivated by selfish self-interest should all be pulling in the same direction.
 
4 days ago  
bad pattern match subby, you got it wrong.

We do not blame these countries for the new variants.
When we notice they are by and large some of the world's poorer countries, located in Africa specifically, that has been having it's wealth siphoned out sense colonial times.

So the fault is not on those counties and their people so much, as it is on our bigger picture global cultural and economic norms.
 
4 days ago  
Can't blame poor people
 
4 days ago  

ISmartAllMyOwnPosts: Ed Willy: I blame the pharmaceutical companies that took heavy government subsidies to produce the vaccine, then used patent law to block it from being widely distributed. I also blame the governments for not making the subsidies contingent on waiving patent rights to mass produce the vaccine for the good of the whole planet.

Socialize the cost, privatize the profits baby!

/it's bullshiat, any patent or drug developed under public funding should immediately be available to the public or generic manufacturers.


If only the US had a great deal maker in charge of Operation Warp Speed to facilitate that.
 
4 days ago  
That's just a map of the poorest countries on earth. Seems like NPR should have thought that one through a little more.
 
4 days ago  
Countries without two nickels to rub together. Who could have seen that one coming?
 
4 days ago  
China released the original virus. I think we can continue to blame them as the root cause.
 
4 days ago  
At first i read that as "counties". On secind thought, it probaby should be counties. I guarantee we have more reason to fear our mouth-breathing fellow citizens than other countries
 
4 days ago  

mrmopar5287: China released the original virus. I think we can continue to blame them as the root cause.


Can anyone translate this from Derp to English please?
 
4 days ago  

Ed Willy: I blame the pharmaceutical companies that took heavy government subsidies to produce the vaccine, then used patent law to block it from being widely distributed. I also blame the governments for not making the subsidies contingent on waiving patent rights to mass produce the vaccine for the good of the whole planet.


You are right of course, but there may be hope yet. Their is a vaccine from the group at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital that is now being produced in India. It costs roughly $1 to manufacture and the patent is being waived Jonas Salk style. Any country that wants to make it can. CORBEVAX is its name.

https://www.texaschildrens.org/texas-​c​hildren%E2%80%99s-hospital-and-baylor-​college-medicine-covid-19-vaccine-tech​nology-secures-emergency
 
4 days ago  
This is why the WHO is cautious when it comes to boosters.

We need to get everyone in the world vaccinated if we want to stop the spread of this thing.

/still got boosted
//understands where the WHO is comimg from though
 
4 days ago  
Supply isn't the only issue, but for a lot of those countries in sub-Saharan Africa, it's the big one.  I have in-laws there (currently all my in-laws) and vaccines are scarce, good vaccines (not dodgy Chinese/Indian/Russian ones) are even scarcer, and when they're available, they pretty much go to whoever will pay for them.
 
4 days ago  

aleister_greynight: Yeah let's blame people for not getting a vaccine that isn't available.  Crossing a war zone or two for a shot you probably won't be able to get, shouldn't be that much of a problem.


Literally the article title:

For the 36 countries with the lowest vaccination rates, supply isn't the only issue
 
4 days ago  

aleister_greynight: Yeah let's blame people for not getting a vaccine that isn't available.  Crossing a war zone or two for a shot you probably won't be able to get, shouldn't be that much of a problem.


Still safer and easier than getting from Dallas to Fort Worth without a car.
 
4 days ago  
Subby is a bit confused about how the world works.
 
4 days ago  

Gyro the Greek Sandwich Pirate: It's imperialism that messed them up, so....that one's kind of on us.


People don't like it when I point that much of the world's homophobia is the product of the European imperialism. We love to denigrate African populations for being virulently homophobic while ignoring the fact that you can almost completely blame the British imperialists and American Christian Dominionists for that. Homophobia isn't really a thing in Africa without homophobic Erupeans installing it.
 
4 days ago  
Those countries don't buy from Amazon nor make products for Amazon.

so you loose a few....


///send them JnJ, room temp stable
 
4 days ago  

Rapmaster2000: I question the purpose of including Western Sahara considering it's not even a country and roughly 50 people live there.


Are you *trying* to start a war?
 
4 days ago  
The world would be better if these countries stopped being poor.
 
4 days ago  
The flu mutates every season why is this going to be any different. More contagious and deadlier than flu means more variants more often maybe changing with each season. Winter variant, summer variant and so on. So 4 shots a year? Plus the flu vaccine. Yeah that's going to suck wet dog fur. We can thank the people that don't get vaccinated for the flu each year for its continued spread. So enjoy the Rona.
 
4 days ago  

PerpetualPeristalsis: It's on the rich nations to ensure everyone has access.  This is a case where the altruists and those motivated by selfish self-interest should all be pulling in the same direction.


Rich people would be more prosperous overall if workers had better lives.

Selfish people rarely think more than one degree ahead.
 
4 days ago  

EL EM: The world would be better if these countries stopped being poor.


That's a thing we could do!
 
4 days ago  
I wonder what that list would look like without all the anti-vax and 5G bullshiat. Pretty sure that didn't start in Papua New Guinea.
 
4 days ago  
Rwanda surrounded by all those unvaxxed countries has a 41% vaccination rate .
Interesting
 
4 days ago  

Rapmaster2000: I question the purpose of including Western Sahara considering it's not even a country and roughly 50 people live there.


Maybe that's why they have no data on that one .
 
4 days ago  

RottenEggs: Rwanda surrounded by all those unvaxxed countries has a 41% vaccination rate .
Interesting


Rwanda has universal healthcare, so there is that.  Burundi does not, but Uganda does, so not the whole story.
 
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