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Public health and social justice organisations have warned that the government’s latest deal to secure advanced supplies of potential Covid-19 vaccines for the UK will fuel the global scramble to hoard vaccines by rich countries. The government’s move to purchase 60 million doses of a potential vaccine from pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKlein and Sanofi for the UK, undermines global efforts to ensure fair and world-wide access to Covid-19 vaccines. 
 

Reacting to the government's obesity strategy, published today, Jean Blaylock, trade campaigner at Global Justice Now said: 

"Key elements of the government's obesity strategy, published today, could be torpedoed by trade negotiations with the US. 

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Reaction to the news that the UK government is to make £2.9 billion of cuts to the international aid budget this year.

Public health and social justice organisations have warned that the government’s deal to secure advanced supplies of potential Covid-19 vaccines for the UK will fuel the global scramble to hoard vaccines by rich countries.

Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

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Campaign group Global Justice Now has condemned new revelations of the UK government putting aid money into fossil fuel projects overseas. Revelations in CDC Group's annual report mean £668m of UK aid has financed fossil fuels overseas since Paris Agreement.

Reacting to US pharma company Gilead's announcement of global pricing for its remdesivir drug, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said:

"Remdesivir is a drug which has been produced with substantial amounts of public money in the US, and which researchers have estimated could be made for $9 per treatment course (1), but here is Big Pharma company Gilead generously only charging over $2,000! While that is reduced to $600 in lower-income countries, these are still vast price tags. 

Reaction to Liz Truss’s announcement today that Britain will seek to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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This is a terrible decision that takes us back two decades to when UK aid was subservient to the interests of British business. It's bad news for the fight against global poverty, and good news for suppliers of corporate drinks parties in foreign embassies. 

Campaigners are calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put his money where his mouth is at today's UK-hosted Global Vaccine Summit [1] by making public funding for a coronavirus vaccine conditional on guarantees that people around the world will receive it. 

Patient groups have joined with campaigners to ask AstraZeneca for full disclosure of their plans to develop a coronavirus vaccine with Oxford University, outlining the need for vaccines to be patent-free. [1] 

The British pharmaceutical company has recently signed a deal with Oxford University to produce the vaccine and has already received orders from the UK and US governments. [2]

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