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 - added A.J.Hariharan.
India joined South Africa in advocating to the WTO for intellectual property and patent waivers so that the Global South could benefit and thereby make vaccines available for their citizens. Countries, particularly those in the European Union, must support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines so that production capacity can be bolstered worldwide.
“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.
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.
With the firestorm that is COVID-19 raging throughout India and other countries, the world is in dire need of an urgent and innovative call-to-action to have a real chance at defeating the pandemic. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest HIV/AIDS care and treatment provider worldwide, is spearheading a global initiative to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccines by calling on all Civil society organizations, governments, vaccine manufacturers, and international public health institutions to 'VOW' to protect humanity and 'Vaccinate Our World' now! www.vaccinateourworld.org