Just like every ramadan is BUSINESS month where each and every food commodity is overpriced, coronavirus also brings BIG opportunities for those opportunists who are looking for ways to increase their money flow.
Before coronavirus even reached Pakistan the price of n95 mask, the actual mask which filters air particles and protects you against the deadly virus was being sold at the price of pkr 7000 and as soon as Pakistan was hit by the corona shock wave, the masks disappeared as quickly as ever. Hand sanitizers and soaps sold out and people buying large bulks just to sell them AGAIN at a higher price. At a time where companies like Louis Vitton are giving away free soaps and supplies to help corona victims, the only thing on our minds is money.
Every year students from federal boards, O and A level students in Pakistan pass with flying colours but I wonder where do all of these great minds go? Do they invent something big? Do they change science? Or do they just become skilled workers and work until they die?
Currently all good research centers and renowned university scholars studying virology, microbiology, pathogens etc are working on developing an effective vaccine for this virus.
Pakistan’s Genome research centre of Punjab University is also trying to make one but will we be successful? Time will tell.
A renowned German Company VinTac is currently working on a vaccine.
It was recently approached by the Trump administration, which insisted that for a billion dollars sell us the vaccine. Here is what Germany said:
Germany refused and said Germany is not for sale and capitalism has its limits. If the vaccine is effective it will be available for everybody.
Germany is not a very religious “god fearing” country. But their moral values and beliefs are very strong. Pakistanis on the other hand are seizing any moment they get to make money out of this natural disaster. The religious god fearing country. The country who believes that “Our real life starts after death.”
Then I came across this.
A doctor in Karachi was caught selling fake coronavirus vaccines to people. And I thought to myself you know what? Maybe we are better being useless sitting ducks than being Einsteins.
While our students take higher and higher marks every year, we fail to produce researchers and inventers, we only produce robots who will just work and work until they die and in this situation where a cure is needed we sit and wait until some German, American, Israeli or Chinese Scientists will present us the vaccine.
And maybe its a good thing too because if it was a Pakistani Pharma Company was approached by Trump to sell the vaccine and get billions of dollars, the owner would have been mad rich over night because who cares about humanity, right? Thank god we are unable to make the vaccine and only have to depend on others to cure us.
Someone rightfully joked that if Pakistanis found out that tomorrow is judgement day, the price of prayermats and Qurans would increase today.