Open Source Covid Movement: Non-Capitalist Alternative to Control Pandemic

Dr B Ekbal has recently published this article in Peoples’ Democracy.
At a recent press conference, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made an important announcement with global political dimensions. He said that the monopoly drug manufacturers are engaged in developing vaccines, medicines and other products related to the treatment of Covid-19. These would be patented and sold in the market for prices unaffordable to ordinary people. As an alternative, an Open Source Covid Movement based on the principles of cooperation and sharing is also coming up. The chief minister announced the state’s solidarity with this movement. Kerala has already drawn the attention of the global community for its unparalleled success in resisting Covid-19. The chief minister’s declaration of solidarity with anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist forces that collaborate to develop a people’s model to fight the novel coronavirus has also been noted at the global level. Read the whole article here.

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