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Thanks to the hard work and dedication of scientists in South Africa, the world was alerted to the omicron variant at the end of November. For their respect of international public health guidance and transparency, most of southern Africa has been rewarded with travel bans by rich countries. The same rules did not apply to high-income countries where omicron was soon identified, shining another light on the racism that still pervades the approach of the Global North to the Global South. To read more on this topic and for stories on health workers protest in Antilles and NYC; ALAMES congress; People’s Hearing on health & climate justice and an interview with activists on rampant loot by private hospitals in India, click here