The UK must support a patent free vaccine to save lives
Maybe you are awaiting your Covid-19 vaccine. Maybe you have already had it. The UK has shown how vaccines can be rolled out quickly, to everyone, for free. The hope this brings is priceless.
But it’s a hope denied to billions of people in poorer countries who may not have access to a vaccine for years to come. The consequences are devastating. The death toll is spiralling. And the longer the delay, the more people suffer.
Right now, the whole world is dependent on just a handful of pharmaceutical corporations who simply cannot make enough vaccines for everyone. But Big Pharma are refusing to share the vaccine science and know-how – science that was largely funded by taxpayers. If this vital information was shared freely, qualified manufacturers around the world could produce Covid vaccines at the scale we urgently need. We could have a People’s Vaccine – not a profit vaccine.
Over 100 low-income countries, 170+ Nobel laureates, former world leaders and over 2 million people worldwide are calling for the patents to be temporarily lifted, and the vaccine science shared, until everyone is protected. President Biden has now joined this call. But right now, the UK Government is blocking – not backing – this request.
Please take action with us today – sign the petition and urge Boris Johnson not to stand in the way of billions of people getting access to the protection they need. Stand up for the people who most need support, instead of corporate profits. Back a People’s Vaccine, not a profit vaccine!
Join our campaign and urge the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to:
- Back the proposal to suspend intellectual property rules at the World Trade Organisation for all Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments until we reach global herd immunity
- Insist big pharma corporations share the vaccine science, technology and know-how, through the World Health Organisation, so that more manufacturers can help scale up production
- Push big pharma to reduce the cost of vaccines, by setting the price that nations pay as close to the true cost of manufacturing as possible
Oxfam GB is part of the Peoples Vaccine Alliance