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Communiqué falls short on urgent lack of supply caused by Big Pharma’s patents  

Campaigners have called on G7 leaders, who will hold a virtual meeting on Friday under the British presidency, to take urgent, concrete action to ramp up manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines, cancel developing country debts, and invest in a green new deal.

It is an outrage that the countries with the least resources are being charged the most in the midst of a global health emergency.

  • Big business should not have the power to decide who is vaccinated first

  • Campaigners call for warring parties to work together to ramp up supply 

Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against Covid-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today, as the UK begins to rollout vaccinations.

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

Just 12% of the global population stand to receive the majority of doses from a vaccine that has received billions in public funding

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

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

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Coronavirus is killing the poor far more than the rich. A vaccine must be free for everyone


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Pneumonia is killing 2,000 people every day. But not because of coronavirus. For nearly twenty years, millions of children have not had access to the patented vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline due to its high cost, which has generated billions in profit for those corporations.

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Displaced communities in Calais are on the frontlines of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The migrants living in precarious conditions at the UK-French border have been left without support and are facing hostility and violence from the state. I’ve been volunteering in Calais and have seen first-hand how the outbreak of coronavirus has rendered an already bleak and desperate situation far bleaker. We must stand in solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere.

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August 2020

Covid-19 and the debt crisis in developing countries

As the world continues to battle coronavirus, the pandemic is wreaking havoc on the economies of lower-income countries and could push 500 million more people into poverty. Governments desperately need money to

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Communiqué falls short on urgent lack of supply caused by Big Pharma’s patents  

Campaigners have called on G7 leaders, who will hold a virtual meeting on Friday under the British presidency, to take urgent, concrete action to ramp up manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines, cancel developing country debts, and invest in a green new deal.

It is an outrage that the countries with the least resources are being charged the most in the midst of a global health emergency.