Coronavirus and capitalism: join our online event

19 March 2020 — Global Justice Now

Although we’ve had to postpone our conference, Together We Are Powerful on 28 March, our campaign work continues and that includes events!

We’ll be trying out a two hour online event discussing some of the pressing global justice issues raised by the coronavirus crisis, and I’m pleased to say that Shalmali Guttal, who had planned to come over for our conference, will join this online discussion live from Thailand.

Coronavirus, capitalism and global inequality

An online public meeting organised by Global Justice Now

  • When: Saturday 28 March, 11am-1pm
  • Where: This is an online event. Details to join online will be shared when you sign up
Join the discussion

Speakers

  • Shalmali Guttal, executive director, Focus on the Global South
  • 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 comes a world shaped more around collective solidarity than the pursuit of profit by the few.

Join Global Justice Now for an online public meeting (replacing our postponed physical conference, Together We Are Powerful), to discuss the global justice issues emerging from the coronavirus crisis and what prospects there are for building a better world out of it.

Sign up now

I hope you can join us.

James O’Nions Head of activism, Global Justice Now

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