Resistbot Petition: Help boost production of COVID vaxxes for the developing world with TRIPS Waiver
An open letter to the President

Help boost production of COVID vaxxes for the developing world with TRIPS Waiver

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I’m writing to ask your Administration to push for a waiver of international intellectual property (IP) rules at the World Trade Organization to boost production of COVID-19 vaccines for the developing world. This waiver is vital to boosting production of vaccines in low-income countries where only 5 percent of people are vaccinated. Higher vaccination rates in these countries would not only save lives, but reduce the likelihood of new variants that could jeopardize progress on the pandemic. Since the Administration’s May announcement of support for a vaccine patent waiver, little progress has been made. The WTO Ministerial Conference presents a crucial opportunity to get a deal. The United States and European Union nations have provided billions to pharmaceutical companies for the development and distribution of the most effective vaccines. Despite this public investment, the intellectual property is now privately held, pitting pharmaceutical profits against public health interests. If the TRIPS rules remain in force as an obstacle to public health, even in the face of a global pandemic that has claimed more than five million lives, then such rules are clearly ill-conceived. The fallout from a failure to provide a waiver could deliver a possibly fatal blow to the WTO’s credibility. By securing a waiver agreement at the WTO Ministerial, your Administration can demonstrate real and impactful American global leadership. If the Ministerial Conference cannot deliver a solution, the WTO—and the wealthy nations blocking the waiver—will continue to lose credibility with the developing world. I urge you to seize this opportunity to engage actively and productively at the WTO deliver on your promise to defeat the pandemic. Thanks.

▶ First sent on November 29, 2021 by Jess Craven

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