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Monday, 26 July 2021

An appeal to “Global Leaders of G20 Countries to urge the BIG PHARMA to Free Patents on COVID Vaccines”

ICWO – Indian Community Welfare Organization, Chennai India joins with AHF India – AIDS Healthcare Foundation in the Global VOW - VACCINATE OUR WORLD CAMPAIGN - to advocate to “Big Pharma” to relax and waive patents on COVID 19 Vaccines and appeal to “Global Leaders of G20 Countries to urge the BIG PHARMA to Free Patents on COVID Vaccines”! 

A.J.Hariharan - Secretary of ICWO Chennai said “It is the birthright of everyone to have access to COVID Vaccines and No Patent Rights should block the access to Vaccines – whether you are rich or poor! Vaccines are a "GLOBAL PUBLIC GOOD" and the poorest countries should have access to it. We, “ICWO – India Community Welfare Organization call upon the CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS OF INDIA to join us and urge the World leaders of G20 countries to support and join the VOW movement - VACCINATE OUR WORLD - so that the poor countries have access to COVID VACCINES. "No One is Safe - Until Everyone is Safe"! added A.J.Hariharan, Secretary of ICWO, Chennai. 

“The wealthy nations promised at the onset of the pandemic to ensure ample vaccines for the entire world, but as evidenced by the hoarding of enough vaccines to inoculate their populations as many as five times over, it's clear we need another solution. It is unacceptable that many countries will be waiting until 2023 to get vaccines. The world must join and 'VOW' to end this pandemic by taking all necessary steps to 'Vaccinate Our World' now!" added Dr. V. Sam Prasad, Country Program Director, AHF India. 

The world must learn from our battle against HIV that we cannot wait for years to get lifesaving vaccines and medicines to people who need them most. It is time that heads of governments, global public health organizations, and pharmaceutical companies do everything possible to VOW - 'Vaccinate Our World'. At this point, every single COVID-19 death is avoidable – we must do more as an interconnected global society to 'Vaccinate Our World' and stop this virus.


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