Call on the UK government to ensure that any vaccine developed with public money is made affordable and available to all. And urge them to work globally so that any vaccine reaches the most vulnerable everywhere.
We need a vaccine for this virus to be developed as quickly as possible and public money is pouring in to make that possible but we cannot allow big pharma to profiteer from the public investment that is being committed to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
The UK government has already committed £544 million towards researching a vaccine and treatments. But unless conditions are attached to public research, big corporations can shut out anyone who can’t afford their prices.
And this exclusive big pharma system also means that the UK government needs to urgently promote global collaboration to ensure that any Covid-19 vaccine reaches those most at risk first otherwise there is a real danger of richer countries hoarding the vaccine.
Sign the petition to the UK government.
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