#里茲螞蟻批判性思考寫作專欄 #Alex專欄 #外師每週精選閱讀 # remdesivir #瑞德西韋
這週的外師專欄，又要回到COVID-19的話題上了！瑞德西韋 (remdesivir) 這個藥物被視為治療武漢肺炎的關鍵藥物，也因此這個藥物現在成了搶手貨。據消息指稱，美國已經買光了未來三個月的瑞德西韋 (remdesivir)藥物產量，這下其他國家要頭痛了！我們一起來看看這篇新聞，以及外師的看法吧～
Two fatal failings of the current global system of capitalism under American dominance are evident in the news from this article. First, there is the ethical issue that is never even considered by America: if a country can look after its own interests at the expense of all other nations of the world, should it just go ahead and trample all over everyone else? The USA buying up basically all the supplies of drug remdesivir in order to ensure that only Americans have access to what is currently seen as the most effective treatment for COVID-19 is no doubt seen by many Americans as a natural implementation of Trump’s “America First” policy.
Considering that the USA has the most cases and deaths from COVID-19 – at more than double the country with the next highest number of deaths – because of their own broken healthcare “system” and wealthy-take-all society, it is almost to be expected that they would do something as selfish as secure a limited resource for themselves without caring a fig for the rest of the world. The irony of this situation is bitterly tragic because they are so incapable of looking after their own people that they have to resort to desperate measures that imperil all other nations of the world. This is totally consistent with their track record of invading other countries to secure resources such as oil for themselves, and to install American-friendly dictators to sell trillions of dollars of weapons to, at the same time as claiming to be promoters of peace, human rights and democracy. It also matches their modus operandi of creating trade pacts that mostly favour US industries and companies whilst spouting the virtues of “free trade” established on a rules-based order where of course it is the US that makes the rules.
It is these very rules that have been created to benefit America alone that lead to the second horrendous issue in the article – that a private company can own the exclusive rights to a life-saving drug that is desperately needed around the world, and yet that company is not obliged to release its patent or at licence its rights to other nations to help save lives. Clearly this system of exclusivity is doomed to failure, as is a global order where one greedy country tries to monopolise everything for its own economic benefit. In a time of global crisis such as the world faces now, we can ever more clearly see the nations whose words ring hollow and whose promises are empty.
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
Alex是我們的御用老師，每週都會幫梅姨、托托、慕華、金金上英文課。目前星期一晚上有開一班 #里茲螞蟻外師應用英文課程 ，程度高級，充滿知識性與深度。有開放單次付費上課。若你想學習用英文來深度探討各項主題，check it out！