"If European leaders are serious about 'ensuring no one is left behind,' it's time to join with the WHO, health worker unions, the Biden Administration and the majority of the world's governments, pushing for a Covid patent-waiver at the WTO," writes Rosa Pavanelli in the EU Observer.
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Earlier this month, EU leaders met in Portugal to 'reinvigorate' their commitment to social rights and affirm the importance of "European unity and solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic."
Yet the EU's continued opposition to the suspension of patents on Covid-19 vaccines and supplies demonstrates a stunning lack of solidarity and makes such declarations look like little more than hot air.
Many campaigners now view the EU as Big-Pharma's biggest lobbyist at the G20.
If European leaders are serious about "ensuring no one is left behind," it's time to join with the WHO, health worker unions, the Biden Administration and the majority of the world's governments in pushing for a Covid patent-waiver at the WTO, so we can ramp up production of vaccines and supplies, ensure equal access, and finally end these lockdowns.
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[Opinion] If EU blocks vaccine waivers, it can drop 'solidarity' talk
Workers such as United Nurses Association of India are furious that the EU is undermining their best efforts and exacerbating the crisis by continuing to put big-pharma profits ahead of Covid vaccine patent-waivers. Is this what solidarity looks like?https://euobserver.com/opinion/151920