SECTION27 calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all.
COVID-19 vaccines, which have been developed using public money and trialled on volunteers across the world, should not be used to enrich pharmaceutical companies and executives. They should not be hoarded by wealthy nations at the expense of low and middle income countries. They should not be subject to excessive intellectual property restrictions – which can and must be overcome domestically through fixing our patent laws and globally through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreeing not to grant or enforce patents on COVID-19 technologies.
The distribution of effective COVID-19 vaccines must be based on the human rights and ethics principles of prioritising the most in need, transparency and public participation in decision-making, and recognising the equal dignity and value of all people.
We support a People’s Vaccine and welcome the Statement on universal and equitable access to vaccines for COVID-19 by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Read the CESCR’s statement here: