A feat of global collaboration. As Covid-19 vaccines emerged, the future seemed to open up again.
But amid the celebration lay a parallel story of inequality and corporate power.
Here on ‘Plague Island’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revelled in the success of the vaccine rollout. In March he apparently thanked ‘greed’ and ‘capitalism’ for this, during a call with Conservative MPs.
Yet the hoarding of vaccines – as demonstrated by the UK and other wealthy nations – can only have a negative impact on the world’s ability to stop the spread of the virus. This is not good news for people in Britain either. This may be an island, but we’re not a different planet.
If there were ever a time to be an internationalist, it’s now. It’s an urgent lesson to learn as the world faces multiple crises – from climate change and biodiversity collapse to a spike in hunger. It’s been New Internationalist’s message for nearly half a century and our in-depth, solutions-focused stories feel more important than ever.
In this edition, we are launching a new community share offer – a bid to stay in the fight for the next 50 years and fund our Covid rescue plan.
It’s as true now as it was in the early 1970s when we were founded: it’s internationalism or bust.
Editorial Team for the New Internationalist co-operative.
Chris Brazier looks back over a career as a co-editor that stretches back to 1984, remembering highlights and dark moments from Nicaragua to Vietnam, South Africa to Western Sahara and Burkina Faso.
Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.