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Personal | Pessoal

I Am Getting Greedy

“Greed is good”, said Gordon Gekko. The search for income is making me tolerant to barbarities like this. Unemployment ignites the devil in us. One doesn’t know whether to hate oneself for the incapability of getting a job or the greedy individual one is becoming. Not to mention the hatred for the stupidity of hating oneself.

All thoughts get focused on finding ways to make money. That is particularly frustrating when one does not have the vocation nor the talent for it. Being a responsible problem solver myself, I’m afraid of becoming a fanatic for pennies doomed for unsuccess. An idiotic clown full of bad ideas with the color of money.

This enlightening experience is not turning me into a better human being.

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Opinion | Opinião

Pharmaceuticals

The speed on the making of the Covid 19 vaccines is an extraordinary achievement, both scientifically and bureaucratically. Testing and validation were outstandingly quick and allegedly without short cuts. This event gives origin to two fundamental questions. Why did other drugs and medicines take so long to be prepared and approved? Will things get faster from now on?

It is common knowledge that pharmaceuticals are greedy and some are suspected of using African populations as guinea pigs for dangerous experiments. They also have armies of lobbyists to persuade or corrupt doctors for prescribing their drugs instead of generic brands. The humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontiéres is currently requesting the pharmaceuticals to make public all the knowledge for the making of the vaccines. There are no news of any government supporting this demands.

One last question. All the available vaccines are said to be close to 95 percent efficient, in spite of the distinct logistics for production and conservation. Why not taking the easiest and cheapest vaccine’s knowledge and make it public for global mass production?