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Reaction to the cuts to the UK aid budget, announced by the Chancellor today.

In response to the news that the Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection, Heidi Chow, pharmaceuticals campaigner at Global Justice Now said: 
  
“These results are good news, but with so much government funding for this vaccine, it is time Oxford University’s deal with pharma giant AstraZeneca was made public. Individual parts have been leaked to the media, but the deal itself has been kept secret, so we don’t know the legal framework for making the vaccine available to the world.  
 

  • Just 12% of global population stand to receive majority of doses

  • Vaccine has received billions in public funding

The vast majority of pharma company Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine has already been bought by the richest governments in the world, Global Justice Now warns today. 780 million doses have already been sold to rich governments, 78% of the 1 billion doses Moderna says it has the capacity to produce by the end of next year.(1)

Reacting to today's announcement of the G20's Common Framework for debt treatments, Daniel Willis, campaign manager at Global Justice Now said:

"Covid-19 has left many countries around the world in a debtors' prison. Today rather than setting them free, the G20 have offered an hour of exercise and a bowl of thin gruel. If anything it will extend the sentence.

Over 80% of vaccine doses bought by governments with only 14% of global population

Commenting on what Joe Biden's victory means for the US-UK trade deal, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:

“Trump’s defeat is a major setback for Boris Johnson, but this is not the end of chlorinated chicken. 

Reacting to reports that early phase 3 trials of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine have been 90% successful, Heidi Chow, pharmaceuticals campaigner at Global Justice Now said: 

“It’s positive news that Pfizer may have found an effective Covid-19 vaccine, but right now it will only be for the few. We need governments to step in and make it available for the many – including by suspending patent rights.  

Events have taken place around the UK today to protest against the government’s proposed trade deal with the United States. It comes ten days ahead of the US Presidential election and follows the fifth round of negotiations over the deal, which took place this week.

India and South Africa proposal would boost access to urgent health products during pandemic

Some of the world’s richest investment banks and hedge funds are draining developing countries of urgently needed funds to deal with the coronavirus crisis, says a new report from a coalition of charities and campaign groups.

Warning that benefits of debt suspension will flow into coffers of big banks without stronger action 

Campaigners call on peers to force government to listen to parliament on trade deals, to protect food standards and the NHS

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