A very important campaign has been launched by Prof Muhammad Yunus to make sure everyone has the right to access the new Covid vaccines being developed.
The vaccines may well decide who lives and who dies. The richest countries cannot be allowed to buy them all up.
Please support this campaign.
The Vaccine Common Good campaign now has over 150 global signatories, including Peter, supporting a Resolution being presented to the UN General Assembly calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be a Global Common Good, free from any patent right belonging to anyone.
In brief, the key points of the Resolution are:
1. RIGHT TO THE FREE ACCESS TO THE VACCINE FOR ALL
The pandemic clearly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of healthcare systems in different countries, as well as the obstacles and inequities of access to healthcare. The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality.
Governments, foundations, international financial organizations like the World Bank and the regional development banks should work out details of how to make the vaccines available free of cost.
2. TRANSPARENCY IN DETERMINING FAIR RETURN ON RESEARCH INVESTMENTS
The research for a vaccine is a long process. The estimated time for development of a COVID-19 vaccine is about 18 months or less, which would be an absolute speed record.
This research needs immense economic investments. Many private sector research laboratories who are engaged in the vaccine research will be expecting a return on their investments. We must work out an unambiguous procedure to determine what would be a fair level of this return in exchange for putting the vaccine in the public domain.
3. ACTION PLAN
We urge the World Health Organization to design a World Action Plan on COVID-19 vaccine. We appeal to them to set up an international committee responsible for monitoring the vaccine research and to assure equal access to the vaccine for all countries and all people within a publicly announced pre-determined time frame.
Read more and join the campaign at: www.vaccinecommongood.org