Free the Vaccine launched it’s next round, Season 3, on February 17. With over 100 participants from across the globe, we are ready to continue the fight for equitable access to COVID-10 vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments.
This time around, we broaden our strategy to pressure not only universities but also public institutions, including governments and research institutes, to share their technology and know-how with the world. And we’ll also work to get good information out to the public about their contribution to research and development of vaccines and other treatments.
See our demands below & check back often to see what we’ve got going on!
Universities that have worked to develop COVID-19 innovation, technology, and know-how should share it with the world. We call on universities to join the WHO’s COVID Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) and sign the Open Covid Pledge to increase production and drive a quicker end to this pandemic for everyone, everywhere.
Governments and public research institutions should support policies and demonstrate leadership to ensure enough vaccines are manufactured to meet the needs of people everywhere. We want our governments to support international law and pass national legislation that puts people before the profits of pharmaceutical companies.
We want the public to have a good understanding of publicly-funded medicines, the role of the public in the research and development process, and why sharing intellectual property is the key to ending the pandemic worldwide. Through increasing public understanding of the research and development process and making sure that media reports accurately on pharmaceuticals and the pandemic, we can change the public conversation about not just vaccines but medicines, overall!