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Capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic

An upcoming Tempest Collective event on the role of capitalism in exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Omicron surge starts to slowly recede, politicians from both major political parties in the U.S. are in a stampede to roll back public health measures such as mask mandates and vaccination requirements, even though infection rates remain high, hospitals are at the breaking point, and the possibility of a new variant remains. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the world’s population remains unvaccinated and at risk, because Big Pharma has put profits before lives.

Join us for a discussion of how capitalism has made the COVID-19 crisis much worse than it should have been and what we can do to get out of this pandemic and prepare for the next one.


Greg Gonsalves is a global health activist, an epidemiologist, and an associate professor at Yale School of Public Health.

Dennis Kosuth is a nurse in the Chicago Public Schools, a rank-and-file activist in the Chicago Teachers Union, and a member of Tempest.

Achal Prabhala is the coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil, and South Africa.

The event will be broadcast live on our Facebook page and posted to our YouTube channel shortly after.

The upcoming event is on February 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. CST/ 9:00 a.m. PST. You can now register to be part of our Zoom audience and take part in a discussion after the event.

Featured Image Credit: Daily Montanan. Photo byTed Eytan; modified by Tempest.

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