A thread on #BoosterShots w/ @srijeeva A lot of us have been involved in the struggle for vaccine equity—BEFORE there was even an effective vaccine. Understanding the markets will (and did) fail the poor. @HealthGAP @actupny @PIH @OxfamAmerica @Public_Citizen @FTV_Boston 1/
Given the scarcity that has been manufactured by Pharma, booster shots are a terrible idea…morally.
But the REAL question should be less about booster shots than about the constructed and ongoing scarcity. 2/
We and other advocates have been calling for patent waivers, tech transfer and money to fund factories to manufacture the 10 billions of doses needed. 
We have been calling for  that for 10 months and 10 months ago we heard “it will take too long, 6 months to a year”3/
well, if we started then, we would be manufacturing in Africa, Latin America and Asia now…and we wouldn’t be nickel and diming about boosters….this is and always will be a trap that reaps profits for Pharma and death for people around the world. 4/
We should be OUTRAGED about boosters, sure. But the battle is FOR mass production..to make the billions of doses needed for equity and to end the pandemic. 5/
This pandemic is a test…can we collaborate as a globe for a common good when it is URGENT and in our best and immediate economic interest..we are failing this test 6/
Our global system—has no teeth and no heart, and a far larger and more existential emergency is upon us…the climate crisis. If we can’t do this—25 billion USD, 2 shots for EVERYONE in whole world because it will diminish the profits of a handful of companies…7/
how can we imagine humankind has it in us to transform the extractive and polluting specter that we call growth…?

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