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Important report by @oxfamcampaigns today ahead of 2nd anniversary of the pandemic:

- More people have died than we think
- Rich countries with older populations are NOT worst affected
- It's far from over

Understandably a bit buried by Ukraine so here's a🧵

#PeoplesVaccine
The pandemic death toll is likely to be *much* higher than official figures show, as testing and reporting levels are unequal.

Based on excess deaths, an estimated *19.6 million* people around the world have died from Covid, 4 times as many in lower-income countries as rich ones
Globally, 3.2 million people have likely died of Covid in the three months since the #Omicron variant emerged.

If you live in Britain or any heavily boosted country – yes, you did read that right.

More contagious + low vaccine levels = deaths, even with a less deadly variant Image
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So to be clear what’s happened, Big Pharma employed a not-for-profit to undermine South Africa’s WHO-backed mRNA hub. In its place they propose a neo-colonial scheme to make vaccines offshore to bypass Africa’s governments. 🧵 #PeoplesVaccine 1/ bmj.com/content/376/bm…
Reminder, the hub is trying to produce an mRNA vaccine. Moderna & Pfizer refused to share their recipe. Maybe they believed the racist assumption that Africa couldn’t possibly produce mRNA? Seems they were wrong. 2/ aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/3/…
So now, Big Pharma uses a not-for-profit to call for the hub to be “terminated immediately” @ellenthoen: “If you run a not-for-profit and you go around trying to stop people from developing lifesaving vaccines, then I don’t know what your agenda is but it smells really bad” 3/
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BREAKING: BIG PHARMA CAUGHT TRYING TO THWART @WHO & PAN-AFRICAN EFFORTS TO MAKE COVID-19 VACCINES

@BioNTech-hired consultancy kENUP called for termination of WHO-backed MRNA hub whilst promoting BioNTech’s ‘paternalistic and unworkable’ proposal.

This is #VaccineApartheid
Their claims forced African biotech companies to waste time defending their work:

“I don’t understand why kENUP... tries to undermine Afrigen’s work...It drains energy that I could have spent making a vaccine”
- Petro Terblanche, MD of Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines
Any remaining pharma apologists can be left in no doubt.

Their priorities are profits, profits, profits.

People's lives, global economies, the disruptions caused by the pandemic, simply do not measure up.

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The science says we should make as many vaccines as possible & get them to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

But leaders in the EU & UK reject the science.

They have been blocking wider vaccine production globally from the beginning.

bbc.com/news/health-60…
From the beginning, the EU & UK have been blocking & delaying wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver at the World Trade Organization, a proposal to temporarily waive some intellectual property (IP) rules on vaccines & other health products.
TRILLIONS in economic damage.

BILLIONS of people unable to get even one vaccine dose.

MILLIONS dead from Covid.

THOUSANDS of doctors & health experts demanding change.

ONE vile policy to block wider vaccine production during a global pandemic.

We need a #PeoplesVaccine.
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Just found out #Pfizer made $37bn on its vaccine last year. The most lucrative drug in history. Sales have doubled Pfizer’s revenue to $81 billion. If Pfizer were a country it would have the 66th largest GDP, ahead of Ethiopia & Luxembourg. #PeoplesVaccine🧵1/ Image
Pfizer is expecting to bring in $54 billion in Covid-19 revenue next year from its vaccine and pill. The total amount they will make on their vaccine and treatment is truly mind-blowing. 2/ cnbc.com/2022/02/08/cov…
Last week Covax, the body supposed to ensure fairer distribution of vaccines, said it was out of money and needed $5 billion to pay for syringes and other urgent supplies – that’s a mere 1/7 of Pfizer’s vaccine revenue last year. 3/ independent.co.uk/news/health/pf…
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After all the UK government has done to back them, Big Pharma still isn’t happy. They say the UK should be put on a US trade sanctions ‘watch list’ because the #NHS has too much power to negotiate down medicine prices. #PeoplesVaccine 🧵 1/
Basically, ‘the NHS doesn’t pay Big Pharma enough.’ And worryingly, they think the UK government might agree with them – welcoming a NICE review, though still they think it should go further. This would represent a massive threat to the #NHS. 2/
They also think we should break from Europe’s new approach to medicine approval, because it weakens, ever so slightly, Big Pharma’s monopolies on drugs. 3/
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In blocking wider vaccine production globally, EU & UK take a neocolonialist approach to the pandemic, saying:

❗️ we're in charge;

❗️ we decide who lives & dies;

❗️ we may give you some charity later if we feel generous & if you behave.

It’s arrogant & self-destructive.
From the beginning, the EU & UK have been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal at the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules on vaccines & other health products.
EU & UK leaders have adopted this policy to boost pharma monopoly profits.

They know it will prolong the pandemic & lead to more deaths & suffering.

They know it gives more time for new variants to emerge.

But profits come first, so the policy is: enforce vaccine shortage.
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Some small, pro-death rallies took place in a few EU member states at the weekend: euobserver.com/tickers/154100

But the biggest support for the deadly virus continues to come from the EU's policy of blocking wider vaccine production globally: politico.eu/article/vaccin…
Yes, the EU & its member states are supporting widespread vaccination at home but blocking it globally.

Billions of people around the world have not had even one shot yet, in large part because of the global vaccine shortage the EU enforces at the World Trade Organization.
For over 15 months, the EU has been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal at the WTO to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules on vaccines & other health products.
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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

The last thing I feel like doing this evening is sitting in front of my computer, writing this email, but as much as I’d like to simply relax and enjoy my evening, I can’t.
I keep thinking about how many of our fellow Canadians are struggling—really struggling—right now, as a result of the ongoing stress and strain posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And I keep thinking of all the people in low-income countries who are dying because they lack access to life-saving vaccines.
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We have all had to change our habits in the pandemic.

😷 We put on masks in enclosed spaces like shops and public transport to help avoid spreading the virus.

But one group of people has refused to change their habits…
We have all had to change our habits in the pandemic.

🧪 We get tested before and after travel, when we have symptoms, and when we’re around people who have it.

But one group of people has refused to change their habits…
We have all had to change our ways in the pandemic.

💉 We get vaccines and boosters to do our part in keeping ourselves, our families, our friends & others safe.

But one group of people has refused to change their ways…
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This is a map.

It looks like a simple world map with some data points on it.

But it's really a map showing an escape route.

➡️ A way out of the pandemic...

hrw.org/news/2021/12/1…
To understand how to use this escape route, you first have to understand the trap we're in.

The core of it is this: we've been facing a global pandemic, but some rich governments have been trying to treat it like a national or regional problem.
Or, worse, those rich governments have been treating the pandemic as an opportunity for a few companies in their countries to make big profits.

They've been protecting & defending those companies from the start, prioritising their demands over the needs of humanity as a whole.
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TRILLIONS in economic damage.

BILLIONS of people unable to get even one vaccine dose.

MILLIONS dead from Covid.

THOUSANDS of doctors & health experts demanding change.

ONE vile policy to block wider vaccine production during a global pandemic.

We need a #PeoplesVaccine.
For 15 months, the EU, UK & Switzerland have been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal at the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules on vaccines & other health products.
They are LITERALLY preventing vaccine production during a pandemic.

I could give you 1000 blank pieces of paper and a full box of crayons, and you could not draw a dumber policy than that.

Dumb and deadly.

True madness.
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If we ever want a normal Christmas again, we need to vaccinate the world. We can only do that by overriding Big Pharma’s stranglehold on vaccine recipes. Today we reveal some startling new stats 1/ #PeoplesVaccine #TRIPSWaiver
The EU, UK & US have received more vaccine doses in the last 6 weeks than African countries have received all year. Just 8.6% of people in Africa have been fully vaccinated. This FT graph says it all in terms of just how unequal things are 2/
If we rolled out vaccines to everyone at the same rate the UK is giving boosters, we could vaccinate the world by February. Whereas, if things keep going as they are, everyone in Africa won’t have received their *first dose* until April 2023. 3/ independent.co.uk/world/uk-eu-us…
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Breaking news: We have filed an SEC complaint against @moderna_tx for publishing misleading statements & failing to disclose to shareholders & the SEC that it has been part of a prolonged patent dispute w/scientists at the National Institutes of Health over the COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite receiving $2.5 billion in US taxpayer money & co-inventing the mRNA #vaccine with scientists from the NIH, Moderna has been an ongoing dispute with the US gov't over just who owns the intellectual property behind the vaccine.
By refusing to transfer mRNA technology to manufacturers in low-and middle-income countries, Moderna is prolonging the pandemic, ignoring the death & suffering of millions worldwide.

More on our #SEC complaint and the need for a #PeoplesVaccine: politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/oxfam-calls-on…
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From the start, the EU has been BLOCKING wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules on vaccines & other health products. This:

⚕️ goes against expert advice, and

☠️ prolongs the pandemic
"Scientists know that this cycle will prolong the pandemic — but world leaders are still failing to choose the fastest path out."

We need the #TRIPSwaiver for a #PeoplesVaccine.

Editorial in the science journal @nature: nature.com/articles/d4158…
Only 46% of the world is fully vaccinated.

In many countries, it's less than 10%.

BILLIONS of people have not even had one dose yet.

👉 The top reason is the vaccine shortage caused by the EU, UK & others blocking wider vaccine production globally.

nytimes.com/interactive/20…
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From the start, the EU has been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules on vaccines & other health products.

The EU's policy goes against expert advice & prolongs the pandemic.
"Scientists know that this cycle will prolong the pandemic — but world leaders are still failing to choose the fastest path out."

We need the #TRIPSwaiver for a #PeoplesVaccine.

Editorial in the science journal @nature: nature.com/articles/d4158…
Only 46% of the world is fully vaccinated.

In many countries, it's less than 10%.

BILLIONS of people have not even had one dose yet.

🔑 The key reason is the vaccine shortage caused by the EU, UK & others blocking wider vaccine production globally.

nytimes.com/interactive/20…
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A longer pandemic only benefits:

💰 The pharma monopolies.

🦠 The virus.

The EU & UK are the top allies of both.

Their policy of blocking wider vaccine production, by opposing the #TRIPSwaiver at the WTO, results in the global vaccine shortage that prolongs the pandemic.
"Scientists know that this cycle will prolong the pandemic — but world leaders are still failing to choose the fastest path out."

#TRIPSwaiver
#PeoplesVaccine

Editorial in the science journal @nature: nature.com/articles/d4158…
"It’s an inescapable reality and an almost iron-clad law: the pandemic will not end while vaccine equity is pushed to the margins." - @nature
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Only 46% of the world is fully vaccinated.

In many countries, it's less than 10%.

BILLIONS of people have not even had one dose yet.

🔑 The key reason is the vaccine shortage caused by the EU, UK & others blocking wider vaccine production globally.

nytimes.com/interactive/20… Image
As the @nytimes says: "Vaccine doses remain relatively scarce globally, with demand still forecast to outstrip supply through the end of 2021. But concerns around waning immunity have prompted many countries… to start administering additional doses…"
So, we already have a global vaccine shortage caused by insufficient production levels, and demand is only going up.

Leaving pharma monopolies to set those production levels has clearly NOT been working. It's failed to meet current need, and it obviously won't meet future need.
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Let's hope #Germany's new government realises:

🇩🇪 the global pandemic is global;

🇩🇪 the EU policy of blocking wider vaccine production in a pandemic is a disaster;

🇩🇪 we need the #TRIPSwaiver & a #PeoplesVaccine.

cc: @OlafScholz @Karl_Lauterbach

One of Merkel's greatest failures was her backing for the truly scandalous EU policy of blocking wider vaccine production globally.

Germany's new government needs to reverse course, and the sooner, the better.

Read more: hrw.org/news/2021/06/1…

Maintaining an artificial shortage of vaccines during a global pandemic to prioritise profits over human lives is an ugly EU/German policy that means:

1️⃣ a longer pandemic;

2️⃣ more death;

3️⃣ more time for new variants to emerge, including vaccine-resistant strains.
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#Omicron is the latest reminder that global #VaccineEquity is essential...

No one is protected from COVID-19 until everyone is protected.

#TRIPSwaiver
#PeoplesVaccine

(cartoon by @turnercartoons)

hrw.org/news/2021/12/0… Image
The pandemic has laid bare the dangers of having manufacturing capacity for life-saving vaccines concentrated in a few countries where governments have refused to prioritize and mandate sharing intellectual property and technology for rapid diversified and global production.
For over a year, rich countries have been blocking an intellectual property waiver (#TRIPSwaiver) at the World Trade Organization & concentrating vaccine production in the US & Europe.
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The EU & UK insist on business-as-usual rules on intellectual property at the World Trade Organization, blocking a temporary patent waiver (#TRIPSWaiver) for vaccines & other medical tools to fight Covid.

Business as usual?

In a global pandemic that’s killing millions of us?
EU & UK leaders know full well that blocking wider vaccine production will prolong the pandemic, meaning:

☠️ more death;

☠️ more suffering;

☠️ more chances for new variants to arise.

But those leaders simply have other priorities: pharma monopoly profits, not human lives
We are now heading for - or maybe we are now already at - a situation like this: an endless pandemic due to artificially maintained vaccine shortage.

Great for the pharma monopoly profits the EU & UK governments are trying to boost, but not so great for the rest of us…
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EU leaders say they will keep blocking wider vaccine production globally as long as they can.

Over 5 million dead…

BILLIONS unable to get even one jab…

Yet enforcing a vaccine shortage during a global pandemic remains the policy.

Deadly madness.

politico.eu/article/omicro…
By blocking wider production of vaccines, the EU & UK are prolonging the pandemic, meaning:

☠️ more death;

☠️ more economic disruption;

☠️ more chances for new variants to emerge that are:

☠️ ☠️ more deadly,

☠️ ☠️ more easily spread,

☠️ ☠️ vaccine resistant.
Without wider vaccine production globally - which the EU & UK are blocking - we will be caught in this trap forever…
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For those who think that rich countries sharing vaccine doses with poor ones will solve the problem: the math is not on your side. This has been clear for many months, at least…
And now it’s actually worse.

The estimated number of doses needed globally used to be 11 billion. Now, with boosters recommended, we can say it’s 16 or 17 billion.

Where will these extra doses come from if the EU & UK continue to block wider production of vaccines globally?
4.7 billion people have not even had one jab yet.

Now, demand is increasing, but production will stay the same?

You don’t need to be an economist to figure out that prices will rise.

And you don’t need to be a pharma industry analyst to figure out who benefits from that.
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