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Take Action: Sign the Open COVID Pledge

Not a member of our Global Advocacy Innovation Labs? We still need your help! Here are some things you can do:

  • Located In the U.S.? Sign this Petition Demanding Access.

Our U.S. Petition demands that government officials make vaccines and diagnostic tools for COVID19 developed with public funding in the U.S. available to all. If you haven’t already, please sign and share this petition— we need your solidarity and support today.

  • Affiliated with a university doing COVID-19 research? Ask the department to sign the Open COVID Pledge.

This week, companies like Microsoft, IBM, HP, and Facebook joined UAEM and C4AA in supporting this pledge and urging universities and other institutions to make their intellectual property available free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact of the disease. We need more institutions to step up and make the same commitment. Every organization working on COVID-19 should be making this pledge.

If you’re not sure how to start, our Labs have found that personalizing your message makes an enormous difference. If you have a personal connection or mutual friend with someone who has the power to sign on, reach out to them! If you don’t, do your research on potential signatories. How can you connect with them on a personal level? Be bold to make your message stand out: someone might receive dozens of emails each day, but a video or a piece of art will grab their attention.

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Highlights from Week 2 Mission: Set Your Targets

Last week, our Lab members got our message out to a wide audience using traditional media. This week, with the goal of getting institutions to sign on to the Open COVID Pledge, we shifted gears to highly targeted creative advocacy. 

MISSION 2: Get an institution to sign the Open COVID Pledge, using creative methods to reach people in power.

Why this mission? Because: 

  1. By finding a specific individual target who can make a decision as well, and brainstorming ways to reach and persuade them that are personalized to that target, participants get a great exercise in strategic thinking.
  2. By using creative strategies to get an institution to sign on, participants get to break away from stale methods like open letters and try something surprising and bold.
  3. By asking institutions to sign onto the Open COVID Pledge, participants are working together with existing advocacy efforts instead of reinventing the wheel.
Our Innovation Lab members blew us away with their teamwork, strategic thinking, and experimentation. Read on for four different stories that showcase some of the coolest and most creative thinking that came out of the Labs this week.
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Week 2: What’s happening in the world of the vaccine?

A few days after we made the Open COVID Pledge the focus of our weekly mission, we received the exciting news that tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Hewlett Packard had signed the pledge. But that wasn’t the only interesting news we learned this week. Here are some developments that should be on your radar:

  1. The European Union introduced a draft resolution to the World Health Assembly proposing a voluntary pool for intellectual property related to COVID-19. If it passes, this could be a significant step towards ensuring access and affordability for the vaccine and treatment around the world.
  2. The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution on strengthening global coordination to ensure access to diagnostics, vaccines, treatment, and personal protective equipment.
  3. The United States National Institutes of Health launched a public-private partnership to speed up COVID-19 vaccine and treatment development, unfortunately without any assurances for affordability.
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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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Free the Vaccine Actions

Check out some of the growing solo-protestor images and contributions to support our campaign from around the world. Tag yours with #freethevaccine and we’ll aim to add them here!

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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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Free The Vaccine Op-Ed in the Cambridge Globalist

The Cambridge Globalist published an op-ed by Free The Vaccine participant Sofia Weiss Goitandia! In her piece, Sofia discusses the challenges in ensuring the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. She argues that all vaccines developed with public funding should be sustainably priced, available to all, and free at the point of delivery. Click the link for her in-depth discussion of how these goals can be achieved!