"An IP waiver won't change anything" is to smart Aspen Ideas types in 2021 what "Covid is no worse than the flu" was to smart CPAC types in 2020.
The great thing is if you don't bother engaging with any of the arguments or data, you can just repeat the same three or four talking points while the bodies pile up.
A reminder: We have sufficient manufacturing capacity to get the entire planet close to herd immunity this year — 12 billion doses or more — but half of it is standing idle. bloomberg.com/opinion/articl… Image
Compulsory licensing has barely been used in a decade and wouldn't be useful in this case anyway because of all the valid objections about non-patent IP that's necessary for these drugs.

IP law changes are the way to open up more voluntary licensing, not an end in themselves. Image
People should open themselves up to the possibility that the director-general of the WTO and the U.S. Trade Representative *might* know more about how trade works than your average hot take merchant does: reuters.com/article/us-tra…

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29 Apr
Another reason for a Reliance-Aramco deal to be off the menu is Aramco's deepening ties with majority-owned chemicals company Sabic:
Aramco bought 70% of Sabic in 2019 and the chemicals company announced plans to take over marketing of Aramco's petrochemicals: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
That puts it directly in competition with Reliance, which also sees its future as a supplier of petrochemicals to the wider Indian Ocean region.

But Sabic, unlike Reliance, gets discounted petroleum from Aramco.
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29 Apr
I think there's a bit of a Streisand Effect about the extreme sensitivity about this data about the timing of China's population peak:
For most of the past decade, China has released its population and labour force data in its big statistical update in mid-January: stats.gov.cn/english/PressR….
This is then compiled into the statistical yearbook, which has data going all the way back to 1949 (these are in 10,000s): stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/2020…
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25 Apr
"Be realistic: demand the impossible!" — a slogan coined by the Parisian anarchists of May 1968 — is actually a surprisingly good principle to setting effective targets (🧵):

There's a smart, cynical thing to say when presented with a series of ambitious-sounding long-term targets like those presented at last week's #ClimateSummit:

Talk is cheap. Action is expensive. Climate promises are always broken.
About a third of all the greenhouse emissions in history happened since the 1997 Kyoto protocol.

That doesn't sound like international agreements are very effective!

bloomberg.com/opinion/articl… Image
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22 Apr
This is prompting me to wonder how radical Henry Ford's famous 1914 doubling of wages for his car plant workers really was.

It certainly sounds dramatic: A doubling in the minimum wage! But I wonder.
Here's the union wage rates for metal workers in Detroit in 1914: fraser.stlouisfed.org/files/docs/pub… Image
The second column is the weekly rate in dollars. Ford's $5-a-day five-day week is pretty much in line with most of these jobs. And of course Ford's plants didn't allow unions, so he would be expected to pay over the union minimum to prevent organizing.
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16 Apr
Here's some good/bad news: Cancer now kills more people in sub-Saharan Africa than HIV. Image
Obviously bad news because "more people dying of cancer and heart disease" is worse than "fewer people dying of cancer and heart disease".

But these are "diseases of affluence" that particularly affect people who live long and healthy enough lives not to die of other causes.
The fall in HIV mortality is stunning. Penetration of antiretrovirals is pretty good in sub-Saharan Africa these days.

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15 Apr
How cosmopolitan was early 17th century Java?

This is first, brief, written account of Australia:
We have an English captain in Java, picking up gossip from an eastern Indian trader ("Cling-man", from Kalinga), in a Javanese junk carrying Maluku spices to sell to a Gujarati trader, about the activities of a Dutch sailor exploring New Guinea and bumping into Australia instead.
The author of this passage was also one of the first Europeans to visit Japan.
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