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Vaccines before profit, we’re winning this fight!

The US and a few other wealthy countries lead the world in vaccine production and delivery.

According to the NYT Covid World Vaccination Tracker, the US is in a fortunate group of countries that have pulled ahead of the rest of the world to provide their populations with vaccines that can save lives, jobs, economies, and general well-being. This is wonderful, but most people in the world are still suffering from the ongoing pandemic and dangerous new virus variants  — without any protection at all.

In Africa just 2% are vaccinated, and without vast increases in vaccine availability there is little prospect of reaching levels that can significantly reduce viral transmission.

For the sake of humanity we must close the vaccine gap — and it will take more than just the “humanitarian donations” of vaccines now being offered by the Biden Administration. We need to change the terms of trade at the global level — in other words, waive the World Trade Organization’s patent and intellectual property regulations (known as TRIPS) to allow for accelerated vaccine production to meet the global emergency.

Now is not a moment for Big Pharma to control or hold hostage the fate of nations. Public health should always take precedence over corporate profit; but, at a time like this when delay can literally cost millions of lives, it becomes an urgent moral priority.

That is why Global Exchange has teamed up with the California Trade Justice Coalition to demand vaccine patent rights be ‘waived’ and technology shared so that countries around the world can produce the vaccine, protect their people, and put an end to the pandemic for everyone.

Our efforts are gaining traction and the work to pass a WTO TRIPS Waiver is gaining momentum.

The Biden administration (finally and with YOUR pressure) came out in support of the WTO TRIPS waiver last month.

This waiver is an urgent step to clear the way for mass global production of top quality vaccines.  And — thanks to everyone who demonstrated at their consulates and embassies last week — Australia, Japan and Brazil are now backing the waiver as well.

This is all great news!  But we’re not there yet.

Big Pharma is working hard behind the scenes to stall and derail progress. And the European Union, led by Germany, is standing in the way of a final deal. We need to continue supportive pressure on the Biden administration and other governments to get the whole world to YES.

We must stay active in this fight. We must continue to ramp up public support for the waiver. And we need your support to see the WTO Waiver over the finish line.

Together we will educate, mobilize and build grassroots pressure. And we won’t stop until vaccines are available to everyone.

Can you join us?  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Milcarek

    Hello Ashley Cline and Global Exchange,
    I have not seen anything from you folks for years. I used to be very impressed with your work. Reading through your e-mail today has left me very disappointed. I am Thomas. I am 71 years old. I can tell you without any doubt in my mind, Vaccines are NOT the answer to COVID or Any Health issue. Vaccines are a childish wish for a simple answer to health. Health or real disease prevention does NOT come out of a needle. These vaccines have caused a health crisis in our Nation. They have cause a Real Health Crisis in our children. Children have gone from 19% chronic health issues in the early 80’s , to now 545 chronic issues at present. Vaccines had a LOT to do with that decline in health of our children. Vaccines dis-regulate the immune system. They harm it in many case. This was admitted in the December 2019 meeting of the WHO on Vaccines. One of their members said this during that meeting. If they haven’t taken it down, you can listen to this. The other issue harming the health of all of us is our Chemical Farming. You can NOT have a healthy population with this poor farming destroying the vitality of our soil. This poor food quality in turn makes us vulnerable to Things like Covid and other health issues. Again, Vaccines are NOT the answer, they are a Big part of the problem. The Covid shot is the Deadliest most harmful shot y far in all of our history. Look at the CDC’s ow record. Over 20.000 Deaths in the short time we have used it. *** It sure would be nice if you folks would become aware, that Vaccines are NOT about health, they are about PROFIT for their makers. I am here to help you see this whenever you want my help. They you also could become part of the solution in stead of contributing tot he problem. Me, I am 71 years old. I have never worn a mask no social distanced. I sure as hell will never take this death shot. I have not been to a doctor for ANY sickness for over 50 years. I have taken no over the counter or prescription drugs, NONE, for over 50 years. I have never used my full coverage medical insurance from my job of 33 years nor my Medicare since retiring for any doctor for any sickness. I am the living breathing answer to our health crisis. If we don’t fix our agriculture and quit relying on Drug and Vaccines. Healthy food from healthy soil is the answer. PLEASE, Come to know and understand this. It is NOT Rocket Science. PLEAASEm become a part of the solution instead of as you are now, a part of the problem.

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