The US Government has announced it will support a people’s vaccine!
President Biden confirmed the US would now back a proposal at the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive patents on COVID vaccines!
If the proposal passes it would allow developing countries - which have received a tiny fraction of the world’s vaccines so far - to produce their own cheaper versions, so they aren't paying through the nose for vaccines produced by rich pharma companies
But the proposal still has to pass a vote at the WTO -- and right now Australia is one of the last remaining countries standing in the way.
Today 1 in 4 people in rich countries are vaccinated, but in lower income countries only 1 in 500!
If rich countries like Australia kill this proposal at the WTO, millions won’t get vaccinated until 2024. That means millions of people needlessly getting sick or dying. And it increases the chances of a new, deadlier strain of the virus emerging.
Big pharma’s army of lobbyists are going to try and strong-arm governments to block the plan and protect their profits. But we've shown in the US that when we come together we can drown out big pharma's lobbyists with our voices.
This plan is our best chance of making sure everyone can access a vaccine, not just those in countries rich enough to afford it.
Sign the petition: Australia, join the US and support patent-free COVID vaccines!