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Reacting to the launch of the WHO's Technology Access Pool today, with the support of 30 countries, excluding the UK, Heidi Chow, pharmaceuticals campaigner at Global Justice Now said:

Global Justice Now called on the British Government to support Argentina in its stand-off with its private sector lenders, ahead of the country’s formal default deadline on Friday. If Argentina goes into default, it is likely to be the first of many countries, as enormous debt burdens prevent government dealing with the coronavirus crisis across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Ahead of the Second Reading of the Trade Bill in parliament today, Jean Blaylock, trade campaigner at Global Justice Now said:

“The Trade Bill being debated today entrenches the government’s power to do deals behind closed doors without needing to tell parliament or the people what it is doing. If this feeble excuse for a bill goes through, we could be signed up to a high-risk, damaging US trade deal without any democratic control.

Global Justice Now today criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for failing to join world leaders in declaring a potential coronavirus vaccine to be a ‘public good’, and instead acting as a cheerleader for the pharmaceutical industry at the World Health Assembly, which concludes today. 

Access to medicines organisations have today written to the government to demand its support for a global patent pool and affordable access for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. 

As the World Health Assembly takes place online, the UK government and others have reportedly been trying to weaken the sole resolution proposing a voluntary technology pool for the vaccine. The resolution aims to prevent rich countries monopolising treatments and vaccines and calls for access to be shared equally and fairly.

In response to BBC Newsnight report, UK campaigners and patients call for concrete commitments on access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

Last night’s BBC Newsnight (14 May) reported on the barriers that could prevent fair access to potential COVID-19 vaccines, including the UK’s role in slowing down progress to overcome pharmaceutical monopolies in negotiations ahead of a crucial World Health Organisation meeting on Monday. 

More than twenty organisations have signed an open letter to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling on the Scottish government to use its powers to override any patents that are put on new medicines and vaccines for Covid-19 in order to block pharmaceutical companies from profiteering from the pandemic.

A coalition of social justice, international aid and public health organisations in the UK [1] is calling on the government to ensure all funding raised at Coronavirus Global Response Summit on 4 May [2] leads to equitable access on vaccines, treatments and tests: 

With most of the world focused on stopping the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump and Johnson administrations are moving forward this week with US-UK trade negotiations that civil society groups in both countries worry could privilege corporate profits at the expense of the environment, consumer safety, public health and worker rights.  

Reacting to reports that today’s Coronavirus Global Response Summit has raised the majority of its €7.5 billion target for the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, Heidi Chow of Global Justice Now said:  

“We welcome the funding that has been pledged today and the commitment of the hosts to make any Covid-19 vaccine available, accessible and affordable to all. But what is not clear is how the hosts of today’s summit intend to achieve the aim of universal access. 

Reaction to reports that US-UK trade talks are to restart virtually next week.

UK urged to guarantee that any Covid-19 medicines or technologies created with public funds are available to all, patent-free