The COVID-19 Global Access (COVAX) initiative is being touted as a key step toward vaccine equality. But many of COVAX’s donors and architects are deeply enmeshed in the global intellectual property regime at the heart of vaccine apartheid.
Aishu Balaji is a Coordinator at Regions Refocus and part of the Post-Colonialisms Today secretariat.
While flawed, African governments in the early post-independence years projected a vision beyond neocolonialism and subordination to the Global North. Neoliberalism has deepened the continent’s subjugation — and dressed it up as non-ideological.