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To: President Biden
Urge Biden to Reverse Trump’s Deadly Obstruction of Global COVID-19 Vaccines
To President Biden,
Many Americans are hopeful your administration will improve COVID-19 vaccine production and deployment in the United States. But with supply limited, people in developing countries will not get vaccinated for years.
Outbreaks anywhere mean variants can emerge that beat the vaccines. So unless people worldwide can access vaccines and treatments, there can be no end to the public health or economic crises anywhere.
That’s why I am urging you to reverse Trump’s blockage of a waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that empower pharmaceutical firms to control how much vaccine is produced and set high prices for COVID treatments. This “WTO TRIPS” waiver “for the Prevention, Containment and Treatment of COVID-19” is supported by more than 100 nations. We also urge you to announce a similar temporary waiver for U.S. free trade agreements.
The waiver is critical to ramping up production all over the world of vaccines and treatments necessary to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continued U.S. opposition will mean needless suffering and loss of life. Implementing the waiver is also critical to reboot the global economy on which so much of the U.S. economy relies.
I hope that you will take these steps to help end the global COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible.
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Why is this important?
Millions of people around the world may not get COVID-19 vaccines until as late as 2024--unless President Biden reverses the Trump administration’s deadly Big Pharma boondoggle at the World Trade Organization (WTO).