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To: President Biden

End the pandemic and save lives by suspending vaccine patents!

End the pandemic and save lives by suspending vaccine patents!

We urge you to support a TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organization to allow vaccine manufacturing to happen at the mass scale we need to vaccinate the globe and end the covid-19 pandemic.

Why is this important?

Right now we are watching a devastating catastrophe unfold. India is in the midst of the worst wave of coronavirus infections we have ever seen.

India is also one of the world's biggest vaccine manufacturers. But because of patent rules, they are unable to make their own versions of the vaccines that many Americans are now able to easily obtain.

In October, India and South Africa proposed that the World Trade Organization (WTO) waive intellectual property laws for Covid vaccines through the end of the pandemic, which would allow generic pharmaceutical companies to make additional vaccine doses and sell them to middle- and lower-income countries at a lower cost.

Nearly 100 of these countries supported this proposal, while the US, the UK, and the EU, among others, opposed it.

The world’s wealthiest nations have administered 86% of all Covid-19 vaccines to date. Meanwhile, lower-income countries, which account for 80% of the world’s population, have only been at 0.1%. This is unacceptable. Will you tell President Biden to help end the pandemic by waiving vaccine patents and scaling up global vaccine production?

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Updates

2021-05-04 18:19:50 -0400

100 signatures reached

2021-05-04 15:42:08 -0400

50 signatures reached

2021-05-04 15:03:20 -0400

25 signatures reached

2021-05-04 14:51:49 -0400

10 signatures reached