News Archive


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....
By Daniela Cepeda Cuadrado   In the first half of 2020, there were almost 19 million cases of COVID-19 globally and more than 700 thousand deaths.[i] Despite the staggering numbers, we now know the virus does not affect us all equally. Not addressing corruption risks in this environment can make that inequality much worse. Recent...
Open Contracting for Health in Uganda By Sean Darby Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) is an FCDO-funded project which seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of public procurement in the health sector. By ensuring that the procurement of things like medical supplies and the building of health centres is conducted openly and transparently, it...
By Natalie Rhodes, Policy Officer   If you search for scientific research articles with COVID-19 in the title, you’ll see more than 17,000 articles published since the start of 2020[i], but this vital research is being undermined by weak or even fraudulent research practices. Perhaps the highest profile example so far is the Surgisphere case...
This article originally appeared on Devex. By Tom Wright and Sean Darby   Substandard ventilators, grossly overpriced equipment, lucrative contracts awarded to companies with little or no expertise — these are just a few of the disturbingly commonplace things we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in countries ranging from the U.K. and U.S. to Brazil and...