REACTION: The government brought new Covid restrictions on themselves, vaccine campaigners say
Date: 9 December 2021
Responding to news of fresh coronavirus restrictions in England, Tim Bierley, pharma campaigner at Global Justice Now, said:
“The government brought these restrictions on themselves by standing in the way of efforts to vaccinate the world and creating the conditions for Omicron to emerge.
“Until we allow low and middle-income countries to access Covid-19 vaccines, we will be trapped in an endless cycle of variants leading to restrictions and even lockdowns. By letting the global south suffer, we are ultimately harming ourselves.
“The WHO and countries in desperate need of vaccines have repeatedly called for a suspension of intellectual property on Covid-19 vaccines to scale up production. It’s time for Boris Johnson to finally listen.”
Joe Karp-Sawey, Media Manager, Global Justice Now
Photo: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)