Does your government support measures to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and medical tools for all?
While vaccination programmes race ahead in wealthy countries such as the UK, many of the places where Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) works are being left behind – with limited access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, tests, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
MSF has been calling on governments to support a proposal put forward by India and South Africa to temporarily waive intellectual property protections on these COVID-19 medical technologies.
Sadly, despite MSF and many others calling on the UK Government to support this measure – known as the ‘TRIPS waiver’ – they continue to block it. With the US now backing a waiver for vaccines, and the EU saying it is open to discussions on the matter, the UK is looking increasingly isolated as it continues to drag its feet.
Latest countries to back the waiver
More than 100 back the waiver. We'll add more below as they come in. Last updated 6 May 2021.
The USA announced their support on 5 May 2021.
New Zealand also announced their support on 5 May 2021.
These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures.— Ambassador Katherine Tai (@AmbassadorTai) May 5, 2021
The US supports the waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help end the pandemic and we’ll actively participate in @WTO negotiations to make that happen. pic.twitter.com/96ERlboZS8
Where does your country stand?
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The UK Government’s opposition to this proposal is shameful. As the US has shown, these extraordinary circumstances require unprecedented action. The UK must put people’s health before pharmaceutical profits and waive IP on all COVID-19 medical tools, including vaccines.
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