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Urgent Letter to President Biden

Dear President Biden,

We are writing to you ahead of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to urge that you take on a global leadership role and fulfill your promise of addressing COVID-19 around the world. We understand that during the UNGA, you will be hosting a global vaccine summit with participation of other world leaders where you will be announcing an admirable target of 70% of the world’s population to be vaccinated within the next year.

Reaching this goal, however, will be impossible unless you and other world leaders take action to ensure equitable vaccine distribution.

While it is commendable that your administration has procured and distributed COVID-19 vaccines to other countries in need, we cannot “donate” our way to safety. The massive global shortage of highly effective vaccines can only be addressed by increasing production. As of this week, just over 3% of people in low-income countries, many of whom are also facing devastating surges from deadly variants, have received any dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

COVAX, the global program intended to secure and distribute doses for low- and middle-income countries is failing. Recently, COVAX cut its forecast for doses available in 2021 by a quarter, driven in large part by wealthier nations stockpiling excess doses in lieu of providing these
vaccines and funds to this global program. As your administration considers distributing third booster doses to a broader population of Americans, it must not ignore the equity considerations of such a policy in further delaying vaccine access to people in the Global South, many of whom have yet to receive even a single dose. Moreover, such an approach may also only further fuel the emergence of even more virulent variants, which thrive in unvaccinated populations.

To truly make America the world’s “arsenal” of global vaccine access, we ask that you immediately deliver on the following policies:

  • launch an ambitious global vaccine manufacturing program with other countries to help produce billions more highly effective doses within one year and support a dedicated financing line item in the Build Back Better Act committing billions of dollars to this effort;
  • use your full authorities to require the few firms with monopolies over effective vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics to transfer technology and production know-how to manufacturers in the Global South;
  • set an example for other countries by reallocating excess doses available to countries in the Global South via COVAX or regional procurement mechanisms; and
  • work with allied countries on a final text to speedily enact a temporary, emergency waiver of certain World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) rules that create barriers to widespread production of COVID-19 health technologies including vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments


Attached are further details of why these four steps are critically important towards realizing the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population within the next year. We also outline the tremendous capability you have to carry forward these policies to end this pandemic. Your leadership on these above steps is urgently needed to move the world closer to a future where the pandemic truly ends for everyone, everywhere. At the UNGA, we hope that you will not just
offer more promises for these urgently needed policy measures, but that you will take on a global leadership role in implementing them.

Short of such action, the pandemic will continue its devastation, driven by a lack of political will to truly engage in a global, collective effort to protect everyone, everywhere.

Sincerely,

  • Action Corps 
  • Africa Faith and Justice Network 
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation 
  • Alianza Americas 
  • American Federation of Teachers Connecticut
  • American Jewish World Service 
  • American Medical Student Association 
  • Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
  • Bangladesh Krishok Federation 
  • BARAC UK
  • CASA 
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charityof the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces 
  • Doctors For America Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) North America 
  • Faith for Safe Water Fondation
  • Eboko Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research 
  • Free the Vaccine for COVID-19
  • Global Health Partners 
  • Health GAP (Global Access Project) 
  • Hope for Future Generations
  • Human Rights Watch 
  • IFARMA Foundation 
  • I-MAK 
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility 
  • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns 
  • Médecins Sans Frontières USA 
  • Metro New York Health Care for All 
  • National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  • National Nurses United
  • Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • New York Doctors Coalition
  • New York Trade Justice Coalition
  • Oxfam America
  • Plateforme de la Diaspora Tchadienne en America
  • Progressive Doctors
  • Public Citizen
  • Rise and Resist
  • Salud y Farmacos
  • SECTION27
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice NYC
  • Social Security Works
  • Society for International Development
  • SODECA- KENYA
  • Sojourners
  • Sukaar Welfare Organization
  • The Episcopal Church
  • The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
  • Third World Network
  • Treatment Action Group
  • Unity Fellowship of Christ Church NYC
  • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
  • VOCAL-NY
  • Washington Office on Latin America
  • World Renew

For further details download this attachment below:

  

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End Vaccine Apartheid, Vaccinate the World Rally

Activists, leaders, and supporters gathered in DC to protest the inaction of our administration and put pressure to ensure that a real plan is enacted to vaccinate the world. Millions of people in the Global South still lack access to the vaccine. With newer, more dangerous variants, this is an issue that impacts not only the Global South but the entire world – and we demand action.

Check out more about the rally at this link

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KICK OFF for Season 4 of Free the Vaccine for COVID-19!

We’re about to launch our 4th cohort of volunteers with a plan to keep pressure on Moderna to share our public-funded COVID-19 vaccine technology and know-how with the world. We’ll be trying and testing new tactics and we hope you’ll amplify our messages and voices along the way. Today less than 5% of the African continent has access to a life-saving vaccine for their most vulnerable while high income countries are preparing to give booster shots and doses to children and adolescents. Help us prevent vaccine apartheid and free the vaccine.

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REQUIRED VIEWING: How to Vaccinate the World!

ALL STAR PANEL speaking truth to power and which heats up fast! UAEM co-founder Amy Kapczynski from Yale Law School is the moderator, Fatima Hassan, South African human rights lawyer and co-founder of Health Justice Initiative, Zain Rizvi of Public Citizen, James Krellenstein of Prep4All and Dr David Kessler from the White House on global vaccine access.

‘Here’s how to watch “TRULY an intense panel” (Politico) that was “fairly remarkable” (The Hill), “intense” (Axios) and getting “tenser and tenser” (STAT), with advocates pressing David Kessler from the White House on global vaccine access.’

It was co-sponsored by the Global Health Justice Project (GHJP) and the Law and Political Economy Project.

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Delivering a #PeoplesVaccine

The G7 meeting in Cornwall last July failed to meet the expectations of citizens across the world regarding vaccine equity. Ahead of the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Rome, on 5-6 September, we now have another opportunity to put an end to vaccine nationalism and advocate for a fair distribution of vaccines.

We are failing a historical moral test by choosing vaccine nationalism over our common interest. If we fail to stop the transmission and the mutation of the virus -swiftly and in all countries- we will have to overcome socio-economic consequences of unprecedented magnitude. 

Club de Madrid and partners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance are organising this Live Session to underscore the moral failure of the recent G7 meeting. During the discussion, we will call for developed nations meeting in the G7 to take the reins and do what is right: vehemently reject nationalistic approaches to vaccination and support poorer nations in the fight against a pandemic that affects us all. 

Join us in our plea to end vaccine nationalism. Let’s call wealthy nations to fulfil our moral obligation and pursue our common interest.

Delivering a #PeoplesVaccine – A Moral Obligation and our Common Interest

1 September – 4PM CEST / 10AM EDT

REGISTER HERE!

Speakers:

·    Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014) and Club de Madrid Member

·    Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2007-2010) and Club de Madrid Member

·    Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance 

·    Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

·    Facilitator: Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, Christian Aid

A #PeoplesVaccine is our moral obligation and common interest. Let’s make it clear to developed nations meeting in the #G7!

Join our Live Session

📅1 Sep

⏰4PM CEST / 10AM EDT

Register: https://bit.ly/3yZV838

 

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A Guide to mRNA Wellness Therapy

This Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 silliness is taking off on Instagram this week. Know someone who needs this kind of self-care in their wellness regimen?

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August is Civic Health Month!

Better health begins when every citizen has a voice in the public policy decisions that affect their wellbeing.

Civic Health Month: a project of Vot-ER

Civic Health Month aims to make voting and civic participation accessible to all–particularly those underserved by the healthcare system in the United States. Civic Health Month is a nationwide celebration held each August to showcase the strengthening relationship between health care, healthy communities, and civic participation.

Vot-ER is an organization committed to the vision of healthy communities powered by an inclusive democracy. They help clinics, hospitals, and healthcare professionals to support their colleagues and patients with voter registration and requesting their mail-in ballots. They also build coalitions of healthcare and democracy organizations through Civic Health Month.

Learn more about how to get involved in Civic Health Month here. Vot-ER would also love for you to sign up to get a free healthy democracy kit here to help get patients, colleagues, and staff registered to vote!

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Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor Michigan

A week ago, Linda Wan and her husband created this for a big street-art fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to the Wans, the response to their sign was overwhelmingly positive. Families even came up and started applauding the sign!

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Rally to End the Pandemic Everywhere

No one is safe until everyone is safe. Join an action to end the pandemic everywhere!

July 14 at 10 am ET
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47th Street, NYC

Covid-19 continues to rage across the world. We have less than 10% of the vaccines we need globally to end the pandemic. 

President Biden and other world leaders have only taken modest steps to address this global crisis, and it’s going to take our collective power to make Biden and global leaders act urgently to stop prolonging the pandemic.

Join the movement to end the global pandemic on July 14 at 10 am EDT at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47th Street (between 1 Ave. and 2 Ave.).

World leaders are dragging their feet and shielding pharmaceutical corporation profits, while Covid death tolls continue to climb around the world. People in the United States face the uncertainty of returning to in-person routines while the people we care about around the world continue to navigate the devastation of the pandemic.

In order to end the pandemic anywhere, we must end the pandemic everywhere.

Cosponsored by Health GAP, Center For Popular Democracy, SEIU CIR, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Religions for Peace, Metro NY Health Care For All, Right to Health Action, Justice is Global, People’s Action

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Pandemics – There is no “normal” to go back to

“To get a better understanding of the problems with vaccine access, I spoke to Tayyiaba Farooq, who is the project manager of the Free the Vaccine Campaign, an international collective of volunteers who are making the case for making vaccines available for everyone. “The main issue in such a disparity in vaccine access is due to the fact that lower and middle-income countries (LMICs) are effectively-stocked out getting access to a supply.” she explained to me. “Since higher-income countries have bought up all of the vaccine supply, LMICs are left last in line to get access to the vaccines. This is due to the fact that many of these countries are able to afford to buy up large supplies of vaccine stock, a capability that many countries do not have. This leaves LMICs relying on alternative vaccines, and global aid through forms such as COVAX that still end up falling short of need”.

Check out the full article here.