Online Action – Support TRIPS Waiver for COVID-19 pandemic NOW!

February 2, 2021: The next round of World Trade Organisation TRIPS Council negotiations on improving access to vaccines for low income countries by waiving certain intellectual property (IP) rules during the COVID-19 pandemic will take place this Thursday, February 4.

The proposal initiated by India and South Africa is now being officially co-sponsored by Eswatini, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Mongolia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Egypt.  

However, a small group of WTO members including the EU, UK, US, Japan, Switzerland and Australia continue to withhold their support. 

The world is now grappling with the failure of the giant pharmaceutical companies to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programs on time, and the realisation that poorer countries may wait until 2022 or 2023 to undertake vaccination programs, because of the insistence on 20-year patents enshrined in the WTO TRIPS Agreement.

COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, test kits and related medical equipment must be public goods, not for profit.

Tell the Australian government to stop blocking the TRIPS Waiver proposal and to help ensure that there is a fair global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, as planned by the World Health Organisation.

Send this twitter message today or tomorrow:

Stop blocking the TRIPS Waiver for COVID-19! Ensure rapid and fair vaccination for everyone!

Send it to these Australia and New Zealand decisionmakers:

@AustraliaUN_GVA @ScottMorrisonMP @MarisePayne @NZUNGVA

And you could also send it to these key blockers:

@UKMissionGeneva @EUMissionWTO @JapanMissionGE @usmissiongeneva @geneva_korea