Coronavirus, capitalism and global inequality

28 March 2020 - 11:00

Online public meeting: Coronavirus, capitalism and global inequality.

Join Global Justice Now for an online public meeting to discuss the global justice issues emerging from the coronavirus crisis and what prospects there are for building a better world out of it.

When: 11am-1pm, Saturday 28 March
Where: Zoom (details will be provided via email)

If you would like to join, please fill in the form at
https://act.globaljustice.org.uk/online-public-meeting-coronavirus-capitalism-and-global-inequality
and we will email you in advance to let you know exactly how to do this.

As the coronavirus crisis goes on, we may organise additional webinars looking at some issues in more details. If you would like to let us know what you would be interested in hearing more about, you can do so in the form as well.
Speakers:

Shalmali Guttal, executive director, Focus on the Global South (live from Thailand)
Nick Dearden, director, Global Justice Now
Heidi Chow, senior pharmaceuticals campaigner, Global Justice Now

Covid-19 isn’t the first new coronavirus to emerge in recent decades, but research into vaccines has been hampered by the pharmaceutical industry, for which infectious diseases often don’t represent a big enough market to justify the research spend.

Now, as governments pour public money into finding a vaccine for Covid-19, we could see Big Pharma doing what it often does, and privatising the results. As in other areas, the free market is holding back our ability to guarantee public health. Meanwhile the World Bank is issuing ‘pandemic bonds’, allowing investors to profiteer from providing the emergency funds countries in the global south might need to cope with the virus.

Yet the very scale of the public health and economic crisis that Covid-19 has created means we also have an opportunity – to not simply return to business as usual, but to demand that out of this disruption comes a world shaped more around collective solidarity than the pursuit of profit by the few.

Event/organisation website: globaljustice.org.uk
Free. Donation welcome - Please book in advance
Virtual meeting
Category:Justice and injustice
Type:Meeting or planning
Contact: Global Justice Now