International 

Is the Covid vaccine a triumph of capitalism?

By Nikos Mottas. One of the many myths that have been spread by bourgeois media during this period is that the Covid-19 vaccine consists a “victory” or a “triumph” of capitalism. In fact, they are trying to convince us that the – without doubt significant – progress made by large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the fight against Coronavirus is an achievement of the capitalist system. This is simply not true.

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South Africa 

SACP calls for maximum compliance with COVID-19 preventative measures

The South African Communist Party welcomes the revision announced on Monday, 14 December 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the measures to bring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under control in response to the rising tide of its second surge in South Africa. ‘We call upon every person in South Africa to protect life by complying with the revised regulations’, said the SACP General Secretary Dr Blade Nzimande. The SACP General Secretary also emphasised the importance of ensuring an adequate balance between saving life and livelihoods.

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Britain 

Communists welcome vaccine but slam Tory ‘shambles’

Tony Conway launched a stinging all-round attack on the Tory government’s record at the Communist Party’s political committee on Wednesday evening. After welcoming the swift development and approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, he said it should it not divert attention from the government’s ‘deadly mismanagement’ of the coronavirus crisis.   ‘As fatalities in Britain approach 60,000 – the fifth highest death rate in the world – the government hopes the vaccine roll-out will rescue it from the shambles of its test-and-trace and multi-tiered systems’, Mr Conway commented. 

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