The Biden administration is now backing a proposal to suspend patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines for the duration of the pandemic. Within hours, other rich countries started showing signs they might back the proposal put forward by South Africa and India, and supported by over 100 nations to suspend intellectual property rules on all Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and tests.
However, the UK still opposes the proposal.
Every day in which we are not fully using our global production capacity to make the volumes needed by the world, costs lives. Countries in the global south are set to wait up to 2024 for widespread vaccination.
Vaccine inequality means more preventable deaths and higher risk of mutations, bringing us all back to square one.
The UK government needs to act now. The rich countries’ united front is cracking and we need to pile on the pressure to force the UK government to change its position.
Tell the UK government to put lives before profits and back the proposal to suspend intellectual property rules on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments