2,738,529 of 3,100,000 signatures

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Jens Spahn, German Minister of Health, Peter Altmaier, German Trade Minister and Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister

Petition

We call on the European Union to make the COVID-19 vaccines and treatments accessible to everyone, everywhere. The EU should:

  • Release all patents and licences of the anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments;
  • Make public all contracts between public EU authorities and pharmaceutical companies;
  • Ensure that vaccines and treatments are affordable and accessible for all.

Why is this important?

**Update June 2021**

Germany is still blocking the proposal of a temporary waiver on Covid vaccine patent laws, while other countries like France are still on the fence. Now is the moment to increase the pressure ahead of important meetings of the G7 and the WTO in days. If they agree to this proposal, we can end this pandemic sooner so everyone is safe.

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What matters more: saving lives by getting as many COVID vaccines to as many people as quickly as possible? Or protecting the profits of pharmaceutical companies?

Pharma giants like BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca own the vaccine recipes and can’t produce for the whole world fast enough. But they keep protecting their monopolies and their profits, ahead of people’s lives.

But it does not have to be like this. Governments, including Europe, are discussing a global plan to speed the vaccine roll-out in suspending patents for COVID-19 vaccines.

Let’s make it happen! Add your name to support this appeal!

The lack of vaccine access in countries like India is accelerating the loss of life and human suffering. As cases spiral out of control, open production can help ensure sufficient access to a vaccine and bring an end within sight. With new variants of the virus developing the longer it circulates, a slow rollout is only making matters worse. That means that nobody is safe from Covid-19 until everyone is safe.

Earlier this year, the United States’s backed proposals by South Africa and India at the World Trade Organisations call to remove temporarily lift the patents on COVID-19 vaccines until the pandemic is over. This call has the support of over 100 developing countries, the Pope and over 100 world leaders and Nobel laureates.

Governments are meeting in days, so join us to create a wave of public support to pass this proposal and make COVID vaccines and treatments available to everyone, everywhere.


References:

  1. BBC: Covid-19: More than 6,000 'lives saved by vaccine programme. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56521415
  2. In partnership with:

    This petition is part of the total number of signatures collected by the partner organisations of the People's Vaccine Alliance:

    https://peoplesvaccine.org

Image source; Tim Reckmann, Flickr, here.


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