The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Happy to See the Flu

Nov 9, 2009

The flu causes some of the pharmaceutical giants to smile. Roche, for example, which makes Tamiflu, announced that its sales were twelve times higher in the second quarter of 2009, and predicted that this product alone would have yearly sales of nearly two billion dollars!

The companies that make flu vaccine–Sanofi, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline–raked in piles of orders from the governments of the rich countries, more than a billion dollars from the U.S. government alone. And there are the sellers of face masks and hand sterilizers, who are rubbing their hands with glee.

The ghouls of Big Pharma can’t wait for the epidemic to spread.