‘A COVID-19 VACCINE MUST BE SEEN AS A GLOBAL PUBLIC GOOD, A PEOPLE'S VACCINE’ UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES (GLOBAL VACCINE SUMMIT, 4 JUNE 2020).
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Our best chance of all staying safe is to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine is available for all as a global common good.
This will only be possible with a transformation in how vaccines are produced and distributed — pharmaceutical corporations must allow the COVID-19 vaccines to be produced as widely as possible by sharing their knowledge free from patents. Instead, they are protecting their monopolies and putting up barriers to restrict production and drive up prices, leaving us all in danger. No one company can produce enough for the whole world. So long as vaccine solutions are kept under lock and key, there won’t be enough to go around. We need a People’s Vaccine, not a profit vaccine.