We, the undersigned faced with the persistence and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global crisis in vaccination plans, demand that medical patents for COVID-19 vaccines and medicines should not apply.
We reject the irresponsible management of the private pharmaceutical industry, its secrecy and the failure of multinational vaccine delivery companies to deliver vaccines in their quest for profit from the pandemic.
Governments must demand patent exemptions and unilaterally disregard these patents on diagnostic methods, treatments and vaccines to treat COVID-19 for the duration of the pandemic and coordinate a plan for the emergency mass production and distribution of free vaccines to all countries of the world.
We join the various initiatives that aim to mobilise for the demand for the abolition or suspension of patents until we achieve global herd immunity. These include those of Médecins Sans Frontières (“No to patents. Health is not a business”) or the application submitted to the WHO by India and South Africa, supported by 99 countries, which proposes the exemption of patents on medical tools to treat COVID-19.