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By Natalie Rhodes, Policy Officer   Last month the Belgian Secretary of State tweeted the prices their government has paid for a range of COVID-19 vaccines. It was quickly taken down but offered a rare glimpse into the details of the agreements between pharmaceutical companies and government. This secrecy over government contracts with pharmaceutical companies is not...
By Daniela Cepeda Cuadrado, Transparency International Health Initiative  So far, there are almost 40 million cases of COVID-19 globally and more than one million deaths.[i] Despite these staggering numbers, we now know the virus does not affect us all equally. Failing to address corruption risks in this environment can make that inequality so much worse....
NEW REPORT BY TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL’S HEALTH INITIATIVE REVEALS THE CRISIS HAS CREATED NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRUPTION December 17 – Rampant theft, bribery and favouritism have become commonplace in health care around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by Transparency International. The Ignored Pandemic behind COVID-19 compiles evidence that corruption has...
This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail. By Professor Jillian Kohler, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector and professor at University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Jonathan Cushing, Head of Major Projects for Transparency International’s Health Initiative.   In the wake of...
By Jonathan Cushing, Head of Major Projects   Amid the fevered speculation about which COVID-19 vaccine will be successful and when it will hit the market, there has been much less focus on a critical aspect of the equation: ensuring the right people get the right vaccine at the right time. Failure to do so will allow...
By Natalie Rhodes, Transparency International Health Initiative Policy Officer Recent reports of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine being distributed in Yiwu, China  provide an insight into the lengths that people are willing to go to in order to be vaccinated against the disease. Reports of people having flown for two hours across the country to be...
Despite some positive steps there are still concerns over transparency and accountability surrounding a coronavirus vaccine. By Joseph Moore, Supporter Engagement Officer, and Natalie Rhodes, Policy Officer. As countries shift from national lockdowns, to local lockdowns, air bridges and the quarantining of individual communities, there is understandably a desire for a permanent solution to COVID-19....