We all have the right to live happy and healthy lives. But right now, billions of people in low and lower-middle income countries are missing out on life-saving vaccines, simply because of the greed of a few pharmaceutical companies.
Access to a Covid-19 vaccine could mean the difference between life and death. Yet right now, billions of people around the world are being denied access because companies like Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, J&J and Astrazeneca.
These companies are actively blocking other manufacturers from producing much-needed doses, while continuing to prioritise the sale of vaccines to rich countries.
Global organizations including the World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund have set a target of vaccinating 40% of the population of low-and lower-middle income countries by the end of 2021. We need an extra 2 billion vaccines to meet this target.
We are less than 100 days until the end of 2021 and we are challenging pharmaceutical companies to do their part to help deliver 2 billion vaccines to lower income countries by the end of the year.
In order to achieve this, pharmaceutical companies must ensure that at least 50% of Covid-19 vaccines produced go to low and lower-middle income countries.
They also need to commit to sharing their vaccine know-how while ceasing their lobbying efforts against initiatives seeking to increase supply of Covid-19 vaccines and promote their fair distribution. By doing this, they can help save millions of lives.
With enough pressure we can ensure pharmaceutical companies respect everyone’s human rights, no matter where they live. There is no time to waste. The global vaccines crisis requires that we act together to demand change.