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UN AIDS/OXFAM Calls for “People’s Vaccine” – with same goals as ours!

World leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19

More than 140 world leaders, experts and elders have made an unprecedented call for guarantees that COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, tests and treatments will be provided free of charge to everyone, everywhere

GENEVA, 14 MAY 2020—More than 140 world leaders and experts, including the President of South Africa and Chair of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have signed an open letter calling on all governments to unite behind a people’s vaccine against COVID-19. The call was made just days before health ministers meet virtually for the World Health Assembly on 18 May.

The letter, which marks the most ambitious position yet set out by world leaders on a COVID-19 vaccine, demands that all vaccines, treatments and tests be patent-free, mass produced, distributed fairly and made available to all people, in all countries, free of charge.

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How Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 works

We’re excited to share this new graphic that briefly describes who is a part of our campaign, how we work, what we do, the results, and our goal.

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America Dissected Podcast covers our campaign

America Dissected is a Crooked Media podcast looking at the COVID-19 global pandemic.

How did we get here? What went wrong? What do we do about it now? In season 2, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former city health commissioner, will keep you updated on what you need to know about COVID-19, what led us to this crisis in the first place, and what policies can lead us out.

In this episode Dr. El-Sayed talks with our own Merith Basey.

Abdul dissects how COVID19 is forcing us to deal with how interconnected our world is, whether we like it or not. Then he speaks with Oussama Mezoui with the international aid organization Penny Appeal and Merith Basey of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

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Campaign featured on “The Plague” podcast

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 participant, L.M. Bogad, has a new podcast called The Plague. Check out episode three with Merith Basey, one of the leads of the Free The Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign.


I’m pleased to announce the launch of my podcast, THE PLAGUE. It’s a podcast where we look, not just at the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but at our nation’s home-made plagues, plagues created by human socioeconomic systems, that make the coronavirus more virulent and dangerous.

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Amazon, Facebook, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sandia join Open COVID Pledge

Last week the Center for Artistic Activism joined Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in signing the Open COVID Pledge:

Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale without impediment.

We therefore pledge to make our intellectual property available free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact of the disease.

This week we were joined by some unusual allies.

Amazon, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), IBM, Microsoft, and Sandia National Laboratories announced today that they are joining the Open COVID Pledge by making all of their patents freely available to the public for use in the fight against COVID-19. Together, the group holds hundreds of thousands of patents and is offering to grant a temporary license that enables the public to utilize any of the pledgors’ patents in the research, development, and deployment of medical equipment, network products, software solutions, and other technologies to assist in this urgent public health crisis.

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Time Magazine: To End this Pandemic We’ll Need a Free Vaccine Worldwide

What we’re advocating for is also advocated in this week’s Time Magazine by Gavin Yamey. “Yamey is a physician and professor of global health and public policy at Duke University, where he directs the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health.”

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The Salk Labs: Week One

As you probably know, the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 Campaign was conceived of mere weeks ago, and we officially launched our first week of online training and activities last Wednesday, April 8th. Hundreds of activists, artists, and others from 29 countries joined Salk Squads in the Advocacy Innovation Labs online platform and gathered in regional groups.

Along with learning some basics about the politics and policies involved in fighting for access to medicines, we jumped right into the first “impossible mission.”

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Take Action: Sign the Open COVID Pledge

This week the Salk Labs are seeking out people, universities, institutions, and non-profits to sign the Open COVID Pledge.

Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale without impediment.

We therefore pledge to make our intellectual property available free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact of the disease.

Please help get the word out. Tell friends about the Open COVID Pledge, send emails, post on social media, write letters to the editor, or come up with your own creative ways to get the word out and add organizations to this effort!

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Make Vaccines and Diagnostic Tools for COVID19 Developed with Public Funding in America Available to All

We’re amassing signatures on a petition for Alex Azar II, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

It’ll just take a moment and you’ll help us demonstrate the demand for publicly funded medicines to be available to the public.

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Welcome!

Salk Team Members, we have a forum set up for us at labs.freethevaccine.org.