It’s time for a change. One that saves lives and helps the battle against the coronavirus. It comes via Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 and the Open COVID Pledge, two campaigns to make sure these publicly funded medicines are affordable and accessible for all.
Patents prolong pandemics.
Life and health should not be for sale.
Join us in using Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene” to urge Vanderbilt University and other publicly-funded research laboratories to sign the OpenCOVIDPledge. A co-ordinated international effort requires that the billions spent in tax-payer funded research results in affordable and accessible treatments for people and not pharmaceutical monopolies and shareholder profits.
Join the Challenge!
2. Sign on in support of shared scientific research that fights pharmaceutical corporations monopolies, keeps drug prices low, and ensures health and life during the pandemic!
3. Post your own lipsync video! on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or whatever! You can sing along to this:
Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine I’m begging of you, people, take a stand. Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine Please don’t charge me just because you can. Your promise is beyond compare But what price can the public bear? We’re out of work and trapped in quarantine. We fear we will be left to die If the price is set too high. How dearly we have paid for you, Vaccine. Let’s put to use these public funds And set that virus on the run. You know the one I mean COVID-19. We’re desperate now to get you here, But that’s no cause to profiteer. You belong to all the world My dear vaccine. Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine I’m begging of you, people, take a stand. Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine Please don’t charge me just because you can. What good is an economy If we can’t afford the remedy? That’s why we need you to be free, Vaccine. I had to have this talk with you. Our very lives depend on you. And whatever you decide to do, Vaccine. Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine I’m begging of you, people, take a stand. Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine, Vaccine Please don’t charge me even though you can Vaccine, Vaccine
Special thanks to the Free the Vaccine Band
- Harry Bohay Nowell on pedal steel
- Yuval Lion on Drums
- Vox: Dally Proton
- all other instr. played by Square Dill and the Rectangle Roundup Gang
- Check out The Free the Vaccine Band on Bandcamp. Buy the track and support the band (and Black Lives Matter!)