(23 February 2021) Civil society groups and trade unions have jointly called upon the G20 countries to agree the waiver of intellectual property rights. This waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and related goods would allow developing countries to manufacture their supplies, help end the pandemic, and prepare for future pandemic scenarios. The proposal, supported by over 100 countries demands that an equitable and rapid distribution of life saving COVID-19 vaccines and treatments be prioritized over the profits of pharmaceutical companies. The call is addressed to the Italian Presidency of the G20.
For the position of EPSU (Press release - 4 February 2021)
see also: ‘Don't let trade rules stop access to COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies!’ - the clear message from the joint PSI-EPSU webinar on organised on 25 January.