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or should lead to by electoral really bilateral negotiations then between gotten each and every one of those countries but i think in fact those countries will be paying more attention of course once saudi arabia gets on board and you can find much more on our web site the address for that is al jazeera dot com. the sound is there and these are the top stories the united states has recorded 2800 deaths from the coronavirus the high list highest daily number since the pandemic started us president elect joe biden says he'll ask americans to commit to mask wearing for the 1st 100 days of his administration. iran has now passed 1000000 confirmed cases 50000 people have died but the health minister says the actual number of deaths is probably much higher tougher restrictions are now being
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introduced by the u.n. secretary general has called for a unified response to the pandemic but he also hit else at wealthier countries for not doing enough to help developing nations for the 1st time since 145 entire world is confronted by a common student regardless of nationality at the city or face the world us organization provides factual information and scientific guidance that should have been the basis for a court of the in a few global response unfortunately many of these recommendations were not followed and in some situations there was a rejection effects. and ignore those of the united nations. and when companies go in their own direction divides girls in every action if european security forces have reportedly blocked refugees from leaving the country more than 45000 people have already fled the conflict in the north and to great
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region that sudanese troops have told the associated press news agency that ethiopian forces stopped refugees from crossing the border early on thursday. aid workers say thousands of or hinder refugees are being coerced into moving to a remote island off bangladesh which the u.n. warns is prone to storms and flooding in the 1000000 have been living in squalid camps in southeast bangladesh after fleeing violence and me in my. the u.n. says it famine like conditions of reappeared in parts of yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity aid agencies are warning time is running out to prevent prevent mass starvation. was the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after all hailed the lockdown exploited to protect the people all the profit.
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frank assessments you've got colleagues on the ground in the canaries what is the situation there's only one doctor and one nurse or $1.00 to $200.00 people informed
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opinions how big does foreign policy they get in the early stages of a bind if it's racial he comes into office with a huge about foreign policy experience in-depth analysis of the day global headlines how will a place like you live get the vaccine when there's no money and all the rest of rich countries are fighting for it inside story on al-jazeera. the world economy is headed for a recession china won't be there to say that this time. northern ireland's health service at breaking point south korea set for one of the worst growth periods in half a century. the richest person in the world just gave $98.00 and a half $1000000.00. why am i reading these headlines to you well it's to prove a point these could all be easily been post pandemic 2020 headlights in reality though they were all published in november 29th a month before could 19th had even been heard. because well before the coronavirus
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pandemic here much of the world was already deep in a crisis of capitalism and now with millions out of work entire industries are in stagnant and health care system scrambling for a back seat the question is did capitalism turn the covert emergency into a disaster. capitalism is an ideology an economic system a political statement but how is the system based on private ownership in the pursuit of profit so the world in a time of crisis when the situation demands we act not the individual gain but collective benefit stay at home and protect lives there said test test test rebel
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preventive measure that could be a spiking all these cancellations are a way to flatten the curve at 19 hasn't been like any other crisis job losses health care struggles a critical need for relief from the state of all struck segments of society that normally don't face these kinds of grave economic stresses in short all of a sudden through this pandemic this once in a century type of crisis it's become evident to many that precursor times were also a crisis of sorts. as entire countries when i don't doubt any of this year i spoke with a group of people whose work has been all about dissecting and analyzing capitalism . say then we go back to normal you can blame is that sounds pretty good to me right now. you know about. i can think about. is it not a lot of people want to talk to us so i think it pretty well about that you didn't mean other people in. meant no music no. parents kids
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got to meet money. 1000 concisely. i'm talking to you. one of the richest like easy human history. and yet the money. in my opinion capitalism is the pandemic that is the root cause of so much of the suffering we're experiencing now i mean do i want things to go back to normal i want to be able to go to work café i want to be able to see my friends i don't want things to go back to the normal that we've been living for for the last 20 years of . wealth concentration exploitation of working people that's the paradigm that's the contacts that the stage for our current calamity. this virus has intensified a spotlight on health care what it costs who gets access and its ability to respond in a crisis one system that runs shockingly counted to the needs of so many it's supposed to serve is the one in the united states american health care is largely privatized
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and lax pricing regulation both key traits of a capitalist system this means not only is every element of the health care system from hospitals to drug manufacturers owned and operated by the private sector but those businesses of freedom charge whatever they like this makes staying healthy in the united states a scarily expensive proposition this is a small percentage of the population about 80 percent that does get some state support for medical costs but for the vast majority private health insurance is the only recourse they charge notoriously expensive premiums making them unaffordable for many and filled with loopholes and gaps that mean even insured americans can be left with hefty medical bills to pay that's why before the pandemic it was estimated that 87000000 americans were uninsured or underinsured and medical bills were a leading cause of personal bankruptcy you know in the united states people can't access health care because they can't afford health insurance they haven't ference
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they are buried in debt after the fact what happens with them like the coronavirus hits a population that is indebted in devastating population that has no savings right 40 percent of americans before the crisis were reported to not be able to handle a $400.00 emergency america's health care crisis has intensified during the pandemic a tidal wave of layoffs have meant that as many as $27000000.00 americans have lost employer provided health insurance and without that cover a hospital stay to treat code that could cost as much as $73000.00 this is despite a government plan announced in march to cover some covert related medical bills the lack of coordination and the need for medical supplies to keep turning. prophet has led hospitals and so if a crucial supplies like mosques tests and medical equipment doctors and nurses warning that critical protective gear is running low this is a hospital where the health care workers have taken to wearing garbage bags for
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being on e bay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator the hospitals are run for profit and so they don't have adequate staff right because that would feed into revenue they don't want to have extra medical supplies just languishing not being used so what we're going to see is a lot of people who are going to perish not because of the virus per se but because of the lack of access to adequate health care the lack of access to practice here we're going to see people who don't seek treatment because they're afraid of not being able to pay for it it's already been reported by emergency room doctors that you know people the last their last words are literally but who's going to pay for. coronaviruses i knew them existed in human sense and ironing sixty's and they cause
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a range of different illnesses from the common cold to more lethal varieties such as the outbreak of sars in 2002 and mers in 2012 in 2015 the world health organization even listed coronaviruses as being among the top possible causes of a major epidemic so how is it that pharmaceutical companies have been caught so off guard by this virus in may this year brussels based research into the corporate europe observe the tree published a detailed investigation into the effectiveness of the innovation medicines initiative i am mine it's the world's biggest public private partnership in life sciences and it directs billions of dollars worth of funds to buy medical research at the world's biggest pharma companies what the investigation uncovered was that not only did firms in 2017 turn down an e.u. proposal to work on vaccines for pathogens like coronavirus but 2600000000 euro of i am eyes funds were transferred into projects that represented much more
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commercially profitable avenues for the pharmaceutical industry this investigation reinforced a point that big pharma insiders and whistleblowers have been making for a while that serious matters like pandemic preparedness being held hostage by commercial considerations on march 5th as coronavirus cases spread across the u.s. a congressional hearing is taking place we also took on a decade ago the interesting problem of making coronavirus vaccines because we recognize these as enormous public health threats and yet we have not seen the big pharma guys and the biotechs rushing in into the space of dr peter hotez one of america's leading vaccine scientists said that a vaccine his team and created 4 years ago in response to the sars outbreak may have been able to provide patients with a cross protection from the virus at the heart of this path. dimmick but it simply hadn't been commissioned entice enough for drug companies to invest in the bottom line is had we had those investments early on to carry this all the way through
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clinical trials years ago we could have had a vaccine ready to go you know one of the big problems of capitalism the capitalist direct investment so capitalists say you know it's really important by agra because that's a huge market even though the coronavirus exists once not invest in a back scene because that market doesn't really serve then i also didn't really want to vaccinate the whole world in this preemptive measure no let's create something that we can sell now so you know we like capitalism direct investment at our clock the peril whenever a vaccine is hopefully created the next battle at least for patients in the united states will be over affordability and that's when we're back to one of the fundamental pot holes of the american health care system where unlike in almost every other nation basic pricing controls simply don't exist and it's not even as though this is a secret and you're saying it for sure the affordable for anyone who needs a i'm saying we would we would want to ensure that we work to make it on affordable
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but we can't control that price because we need the private sector to invest that was donald trump's health and human services secretary alex's a congressional hearing in february this year and interesting side before he was appointed to his rolling government as a worked as the top lobbyist for the pharmaceutical for. company. the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine has now suddenly become one of the most well funded areas of biomedical research not only of governments and pharmaceutical giants investing in the so called super heroes of the corporate world have all stepped into the fray the c.e.o. of netflix is donating $30000000.00 toward research for a coronavirus vaccine co-founder bill gates has continued the fight against karada virus investing billions of dollars on the construction of factories working to develop a covert 19 back saying some of the wealthiest people on earth found isn't c.e.o.'s of major corporations and making headlines for generating to covert causes through
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their own philanthropic organizations but it's not just about the money it's the perception that it comes with all the trappings of the corporate world efficiency returns on investment streamlining of operations all of this has transformed what was once simply charitable giving into something else philanthropy capitalism. has written about it extensively in a book no such thing as a free gift i think we have to have the headline sometimes mr gates did talk about the need for mass testing at an earlier stage in some of us and that was a good one to take but i really didn't crash whether or not there are efforts were anything more than a band-aid solution it because there is no doubt about it that they were really having much more. on the sort of really deteriorated and branch ocular approach that was under way in the u.s. more generally i think what we are. dipping into
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their own trousers given honey you know. we're all in the mix that looks for everyone that anyone could be. a big you ordinary guy. and that's not because they're. all let your creation not their own individual question everybody. when other people are sleeping street. inequality is one of the defining factors of capitalism it's meant that the world's top one percent now holds close to 50 percent of global books and so when the philanthropists among them contribute to causes it's often only a misleading of the net worth jeff bezos is $100000000.00 donations u.s. food banks for example amounted to 0.07 percent of the system a good mark zuckerberg says $25000000.00 donation again just 0.05 percent of his
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net worth the point of all these numbers isn't that billionaires should be giving him that's another discussion entirely the point here is that philanthropy capitalism is too often used as a distraction from the meaningful possibly more expensive systemic changes rampant corporate tax avoidance the suppression of minimum wage levels reliance on state subsidies precarious working conditions i mean the list of what actually needs to be addressed if long and it can often get obscured by flashy headlines all new segments about billionaires and their generosity you too stepped up and you're providing $25000000.00 we don't have the money to do that and i just want to thank you too this is not an act the right in this is the product of a political strategy that's been going on for the last 4050 years whereby capsules are slashed and private wealth accumulate and what that private well does is the concentrates power and that threatens the mob prosy so we have this really negative
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feedback we are where the more dysfunctional the state is right the left the able to provide basic services the last and able to protect our public health the more ammo there is for the corporate sector to say hey look the state is inefficient the state is incompetent we with all of our resources can save the day that big philanthropic. influence is a point that's not lost on billionaires like bill gates when asked in 2012 if he would ever run for president of the u.s. he responded i actually think you know maybe i'm wrong but i can have as much impact in that role as i could in any political role my role in the foundation i don't help to raise. political campaigns i don't help the rank elected are not term limited to 8 years. it's a very nice office. i don't doubt they're. involved in this very long. these things but. he's not beholden to any.
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he can make you don't is money. so it's not going to get that. that's not that's not the constraint works and. so what he does not replace. in a complex world looking for simple narratives benevolent billionaires are great they have name recognition they appear heroic and they have got the cash however this pandemic has also shown a light on the other end of the economic spectrum to the key worker delivery drivers supermarket shelf stackers nurses carers the pandemic momentarily appended the hierarchy of labor and yet in the u.k. a set of proposed post brigs at immigration controls in february deemed many of these exact essential workers to low paid and quite low skilled to receive a visa to work in the country may not be that occurred after the system is that
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those who are deriving the most value from these. are going to not the most essential workers because what is keeping our economy going right now i don't know when people workers who are really are most interest and support part of the force and workers in the health care system and seeing that got. more market more. all this war though a lot of them or not worth of is more like our very lives have been destroyed. and people work in social care system or often not having enough. to live on. because it wasn't just me and my wife who was going out applauding. the health care workers and in our neighbors there was also the prime minister on downing street who was part of the got. the resources that were going to start the n.h.s. . there's
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a term that's gained renewed currency joining this pandemic disaster capitalism canadian activist and author namely klein came up with a years ago in her book the shock doctrine and went viral during the 2008 great recession it points to had disasters but recession or a pandemic. a catastrophic across the board in a capitalist system they can also present an opportunity for the money. and we've seen a lot of profiteering during this current pandemic already i don't think we see. the limits of that profiteering but we've got an early sense of which doctors are starting to for example raise doubts when it comes to days there. is nothing like that or for example in charge of 15 times the usual price gouging is $1.00 manifestation of disaster capitalism and during this lockdown it's done everything from calls a temporary spike in the price of hand sanitizer to affect the number of
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ventilators available to the u.s. government according to a pro publica investigation in 2014 the u.s. department of health and human services signed a $13800000.00 contract with dutch electronics glen ridge phillips to design and manufacture a cheap and portable ventilator for use in emergencies although ventilator was created and the government ordered $10000.00 of them not a single one was ready at the start of the pandemic like many countries the united states faced critical ventilators shortages while phillips was selling to higher priced commercial versions of the same ventilator around the world so they never have to fill this order that she really loved for their current health and human side instead the group prioritize the work and the overseas and it's only been recently that the department of health and human kind of the let's renegotiate it is thing order but at the course of events later at a higher price that renegotiation that lindsay mentioned it resulted in the you. s.
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government ordering $43000.00 of the commercial ventilators in april at 4 times the original price in late august the remainder of the order was cancelled only after a congressional committee raised questions about the expenditure but disaster capitalism can also be less direct and more obscured from public scrutiny like who stands to benefit from some taxpayer funded bailouts take the u.s. airline industry which had its request for a $50000000000.00 bailout approved by the u.s. senate in march while the lines were conditional on job protections the sticking point for many is that over the past 5 years the big 4 ally companies american delta southwestern united have not only made record profits but collectively spent nearly the same amount 45000000000 on stock buybacks and dividends 2 ways in which companies can directly in rich to corporate executives and shareholders so it's not that these bailouts are necessary now to avoid mass unemployment it's not a substantial part of the current financial problem is arguably of their own making
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billions of dollars were mobilized basically in an instant to bail out corporate america and this is incredibly ironic because. these were these corporations were you know in a week when it was because of their own business models because they had over leverage themselves because they had engaged in pushing money out to shareholders instead of planning for tough times meanwhile regular people are held to that standard you know if you haven't saved then it's your fault that you're suffering in this moment so there's a there's a double standard written into the economic response so you never form a cactus and does not eat up to its billing because. real capital ready to say well capitalism works when we kiss companies go. bad ideas they. make they are today. that clearly hasn't happened in any society under
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this and then a new and that's probably a good thing when we come out of it i think we can certainly say that. the old mantra or all public product is stuck up it wants. and i think we can also asking questions was it not is a social. and yet outside game. that we need to rethink your kind of. the efforts to rethink capitalism have been going on almost as long as capitalism itself has existed and to be fair it's practiced in notably different ways in different parts of the world but one of the most toxic and recurring problems is that in too many cases the system seems designed to favor small elite segment of the population it's the idea we began with that way before the crisis of this coronavirus we were already grappling with the crisis of capitalism. we hear this this phrase you know that we need to save the economy or
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we need to keep businesses going it makes sense but i think that's a good question which is well what's an economy for look at something like g.d.p. gross domestic product all that means is that there's more affluence but it has nothing to do with distribution or has nothing to do with the quality of people's lives you can have been enormously high g.d.p. and have you know record rates of homelessness and unemployment so we we have to deconstruct this idea of the economy and put people at the center and we are living in. the moment not so great because there's no good about us nations cannot our. companies or their own publics the victualling to prevent or it will die on a massive scale clearly they're working. sort of bansuri i've not been very share. my view but some people are in latin warmonger america and other people and stuff
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but it's really. are these not stuff that we were told so it's clear that actually there is a new election actually. it's also clear that there are some parts of. and she. owns a pretty great things in the foundations of the city and. in all of this attention. to getting as much income into the country without thinking too much about when. i think we need to rethink on. 2023 year of lockdowns and social distancing he can't reach across the screen and
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