UPDATE 10 May: European governments discussed the Covid patents waiver plan last weekend, and many governments seem split -- sending out contradictory messages. But momentum is definitely on our side. Let's push them across the line -- to end vaccine apartheid and put people before profits!
The US government now supports a waiver of patents for Covid vaccines. This is MASSIVE!
The move was a shock for Big Pharma, which has been raking in billions from the pandemic -- their lobbyists are swarming all over Europe now to prevent the EU and UK from following Biden’s example.
Parliaments and governments across Europe will be discussing their position on Covid cure patents today. With enough pressure right now, we could push them over the line and save millions of lives across the globe.
Sign the petition to European leaders, so they finally put people over Big Pharma profits.
Last year India and South Africa put forward a game-changing plan at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that would allow countries to make their own Covid vaccines and treatments. The Biden administration's decision will make it easier for the WTO's General Council to approve the patent waiver proposal.
This plan is our best chance of making sure everyone can access a vaccine, not just those in countries rich enough to afford it. And the sooner every country has a vaccine, the faster we can end this global pandemic.
The US government has shown it can listen to the voices of over 100 countries, former leaders, public health experts, Nobel Laureates and activists around the world. Let’s push European leaders to join today!