A small Canadian company could be making millions of cheap life-saving Covid vaccines right now. But Big Pharma is refusing to share information on how to do that.
The Canadian Government has the power to make pharmaceutical companies move out of the way but Big Pharma has billions and throws everything it’s got into lobbying to make sure that doesn't happen.
5 million people have already died from Covid, and some countries still have less than 10% of their populations vaccinated. Until everyone everywhere is vaccinated, there will always be a risk of new and more dangerous variants of Covid emerging. The Canadian Government must act now!
Tell the Canadian Government to end the vaccine deadlock and approve the compulsory licensing of Covid treatments.
The Canadian company wanting to make vaccines – Ontario-based Biolyse – has already said they would create vaccines at cost for countries like Bolivia, which has low vaccination rates.
Canada could be a leader in health justice by standing up to Big Pharma and creating the precedent for other countries to do the same. Companies in Bangladesh, Israel and Denmark have all asked to help create Covid treatments but so far their requests have been refused.
By approving the compulsory licensing of Covid vaccines and treatments through the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime the Canadian Government could ensure that people’s health is put before the profits of pharmaceutical companies.
Add your voice demanding the Canadian Government stop supporting Big Pharma’s deadly patent monopoly.
The Canadian Government has done this before. It granted a compulsory license for a life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment to be produced in Canada, and during the Avian Flu outbreak it intervened so that vaccines could be produced by companies other than the big pharmaceuticals.
Just last year the SumOfUs community came together with allies to convince the Australian Government to backflip and support a waiver of Covid patents. Let’s do it again and raise our voices to make sure that Canada is on the right side of history.
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Politico. 14 May 2021.
Aljazeera. 28 September 2021.