I find it very hard to understand the mentality of people who look at a global pandemic in which millions are dying and say: how can I help powerful corporations make money from this?

And yet, this is exactly what leaders in the EU, US, UK & others have been doing.
These countries' leaders have been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver, a proposal at the WTO to temporarily waive some intellectual property rules for medical products.

This creates vaccine scarcity, which drives up prices for the corps.
They may try to fool themselves with nonsense arguments, like:

- Corps need to be incentivised, when in fact, it was billions in our taxes that incentivised them last time.

- The waiver would not instantly lead to new production, when that is in fact an argument against delay
But the truth is that the continued profits-first approach to the global pandemic by the EU, US, UK, Australia & others is nothing more than the most powerful helping the most powerful at the expense of the most powerless.
The profits-first approach to the global pandemic by the EU, US, UK, etc is not working for us.

Only about 3.6% of us have been fully vaccinated.

Some 70% need to be.

At this rate, it will take years.

And scarce vaccines mean low-income countries get little or nothing.
Read more about governments with a profits-first approach to the global pandemic that are blocking wider vaccine production:

EU: hrw.org/news/2021/03/2…

US: hrw.org/news/2021/04/2…

Australia: hrw.org/news/2021/05/0…

Brazil: hrw.org/news/2021/03/0…
The rest of us want an end to the failing, profits-first approach to the pandemic. The #TRIPSwaiver is supported by:

100+ governments: reliefweb.int/report/world/o…

Past presidents & prime ministers and Nobel laureates: project-syndicate.org/commentary/pre…

Other NGOs: peoplesvaccine.org
The #TRIPSwaiver is also supported by:

Medical experts: thelancet.com/journals/lance…

The head of the World Health Organization: theguardian.com/world/2021/mar…

Hundreds of European lawmakers: hrw.org/news/2021/04/2…


US lawmakers: thehill.com/policy/healthc…
The failing, profits-first approach to the global pandemic by the EU, US, UK, Australia, Japan, Switzerland & others creates huge windfalls for the pharma companies, but it's prolonging the pandemic for the rest of us.
A policy of prolonging the pandemic means:

⬛️ Years of more death;

⬛️ Years of more economic disruption;

⬛️ Years of more opportunity for new variants to emerge that are more deadly, more virulent, and/or resistant to the current vaccines.
And that means you.


Whoever you are, wherever you live.

You are put at greater risk by this failing, profits-first approach to the global pandemic by the EU, US, UK, Australia, etc.

Even if you're one of the lucky few who have been vaccinated.
The moral failure of governments in the EU, US, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil, Japan, etc is horrific.

That it's also a practical failure - global vaccine rollout is too slow to work - only deepens the disaster.

"Profits first" will not end the global pandemic.
The official EU Citizens' Initiative on this has jumped another 6,000 signatures in one day. Now over 181,000!

❗️ Keep SHARING it, please ❗️

➡️ noprofitonpandemic.eu

The European Commission must act to make vaccines & treatments a global public good.

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4 May
Vaccine doses given globally so far (💉=500 million):


Amount needed globally (assuming 70% fully vaccinated for herd immunity):


Number given so far in low-income countries:


Vaccine rollout is too slow & too uneven.
The key reason vaccine rollout is slow & uneven is the shortage of vaccine doses. Not enough are being produced, so rich countries have been fighting each other over scarce supplies, while low income countries beg for scraps and get little or nothing.
The rich countries fighting each other over scarce supplies - EU, US, UK, etc - are the very same countries that are creating global vaccine scarcity in the first place.

They are literally blocking wider production of vaccines globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver at the WTO
Read 21 tweets
3 May
Despite global vaccine shortages, the EU, US, UK and other rich governments continue to block wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver at the WTO.

But pressure on these governments to stop prioritizing pharma company profits over human lives is growing.
Media attention is only growing...

The flagship @BBCNewsnight had an excellent long piece on the issue at the end of last week:

Even major media outlets that you might generally expect to lean toward the companies' view are producing excellent reporting highlighting the problem.

This from the WSJ, for example: wsj.com/articles/india…
Read 22 tweets
26 Apr
You can argue that, in normal times, patent rules are essential.

But a global pandemic is not normal times.

We need the #TRIPSwaiver World map showing how some countries’ governments - the EU
Over US$12bn (€10bn) in public money was given to private companies, but the world still has a severe vaccine shortage.

Less than 3% of the world has been vaccinated.

90% of people in the world's poorest countries will go without a vaccine this year.
3% vaccinated...

Experts estimate that at least 70% is needed for herd immunity.

Global vaccination is going too slowly...

...because of vaccine shortages...

...caused by low production capacity.
Read 12 tweets
23 Apr
Everyone reading this knows there’s a vaccine shortage in this world.

Rich governments are squabbling over scarce supplies.

Most of the world is left begging for scraps - and not even getting that.

But it's an artificially created shortage.

It doesn't have to be this way.
The numbers:

World population: ~8 billion.

Number of people fully vaccinated: ~220 million.

Share of world vaccinated: 2.8%.

Estimated target for herd immunity: 70%.

At this rate, it will take years to vaccinate everyone.


⬛️ Years of more death...

⬛️ Years of more economic disruption...

⬛️ Years of more opportunity for new variants of the virus to emerge that are more deadly, more virulent, and/or resistant to the current vaccines...

Read 21 tweets
22 Apr
🇪🇺 Dear EU Citizens,

🇬🇧 Dear UK Citizens,

🇺🇸 Dear US Citizens,

🇦🇺 Dear Australian Citizens,

Do you want a longer pandemic?

No, of course not.

But your governments, by blocking wider production of vaccines globally, are prolonging the pandemic.
By blocking wider production of vaccines globally, these governments are prolonging the global pandemic, meaning:

⬛️ more death;

⬛️ more economic disruption;

⬛️ more chance for new variants to emerge that are more virulent, more deadly and/or resistant to current vaccines.
This is not an accident.

This is not something they don't know about.

These governments understand all this.

They have made this deliberate policy choice anyway.

And more of us will die because of it.
Read 21 tweets
21 Apr
The EU, UK, US, and others have for months been blocking wider vaccine production globally by obstructing the #TRIPSwaiver at the World Trade Organization.

They are trying to fight a global pandemic while deliberately limiting vaccine supplies.

Only 2.7% of the world is fully vaccinated;

83% of shots administered in high- & upper-middle-income countries;

Only 0.2% in low-income ones.

Too slow. Too uneven.

We need to beat vaccine scarcity with greater production.


🌍 Global pandemic.

🌍 Global vaccine shortages.

🌍 Time for global solutions.

Read more…

On how we got here: nytimes.com/2021/03/21/wor…

On why the rollout is too slow for everyone: oxfam.org/en/press-relea…

On why we need a rights-based approach: hrw.org/news/2021/03/0…
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