Rich countries including the UK have blocked producers worldwide from manufacturing their own vaccines for over a year now. The WTO's ministerial summit has been postponed, but Boris Johnson’s government still has an opportunity to change course and be on the right side of history. Ministers don't need to meet physically to agree this change which would make another dangerous variant emerging in the future less likely.
Business as usual has brought the world devastating vaccine apartheid. High-income countries like the UK have ordered many times the number of doses they need, while only 5% of people in low-income countries have received a single dose.
We are in this situation because big pharma companies hold patents on vaccines, treatments and health technologies and prevent other manufacturers from making more. But we can change this.
Join us in writing to the UK government and the permanent representative of the UK to the World Trade Organisation asking to back the proposal for the suspension of patents during the pandemic.