Archive for March 16th, 2020

16/03/2020

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Perkins – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Short Documentary

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but “threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop.”

Perkins’ function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID.

Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues.

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16/03/2020

The Oil Shock of 2020 Appears to Be Here – and the Pain Could Be Wide and Deep

16/03/2020

US Tries to Exclusively Secure Possible Virus German-Made Vaccine

CureVac issued a statement on Sunday [15 march 2020], in which it said that “the company rejects current rumors of an acquisition.”

The privately-held company CureVac based in Tuebingen, Germany hopes to have an experimental vaccine ready by June or July.The privately-held company CureVac based in Tuebingen, Germany hopes to have an experimental vaccine ready by June or July. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSur’s article).

15 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — German government sources told Reuters news agency Sunday that the United States administration was looking into how it could gain exclusive access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac.
16/03/2020

A COVID-19 Vaccine Quickly and Cheaply

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery

The urgent need for a vaccine

Public health experts say that if the COVID-19 epidemic is not successfully contained, it could become a global pandemic, perhaps spreading to 80% of the world’s population.

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John Scales Avery

With a 1% mortality rate, this would mean that 70 million people would die of the disease.

With a 2% mortality rate, the total number of deaths would be twice that number, 140 million people. Comparable numbers of people have died in the tragic wars and pandemics of the past. There is a serious danger that it might happen again.

Perhaps the best way to avoid such a tragedy would be to quickly develop an inexpensive and effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, and to distribute it very widely, free of charge, with the support of government funds.

The most promising techniques for doing so, in my opinion, are the methods of monoclonal antibodies and gene-splicing.

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