Canada must champion a People’s Vaccine now
As long as COVID-19 exists anywhere in the world, it is a threat everywhere. But, in spite of our shared risk, the world’s richest countries have exercised a “me first” approach to the COVID-19 vaccine, buying up more than half the total supply – with grave consequences for the world’s poor.
Over the past year, Canada has made large contributions to the global fund in charge of distributing vaccines to poor countries. But we urgently need to show more global solidarity.
In fact, many countries at the World Trade Organization are now leading the charge to waive intellectual property rights and patents on COVID-19 vaccines. This initiative is currently supported by 100 countries – but not Canada.
The Canadian government should champion a People’s Vaccine – and join other countries in demanding that we put lives before the profits of Big Pharma.
Please send a message directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau right now.