The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect in countries already affected by development challenges and humanitarian crises, and it is hitting the furthest behind – those who have no prospect of getting a first vaccine dose anytime soon – the hardest. This global emergency can be addressed only if affordable and effective COVID-19 vaccine is made available in every corner of the world. Protecting people everywhere must be underpinned by political will and a clear moral decision: prioritising lives over profit and suspending intellectual property rights on COVID19 vaccine production.
This is why we call on Europea Union to agree on the revised decision introducing a waiver from TRIPS rules for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19.
Faith to Action Network has sent an open-letter to the European Commission together with a group of faith-based organisations.