The BETA Chronicles

The BETA Chronicles are a series of position papers that aims to capture “moments in time” in global and local Civil Society across a range of sectors. Named after the subcategory of Coronavirus, the “Beta Chronicles” are status, policy, progress and advocacy action-driven narratives that provide high-level commentary on health advocacy as it relates to COVID-19.

Access, Agitation. Action! – The First Year of Covid-19

A Civil Society Reflection Report

Date: March 2021 


Tian Johnson, Maaza Seyoum


This three-part report provides a detailed view of access and intellectual property issues, addresses some of the actions that have been taken by Civil Society and community groups working to keep COVID-19 research accountable and community-owned and lays out the agitation that is needed going forward to ensure equitable access and research accountability throughout 2021.