Appeal to US President to support temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to COVID vaccines


Mostar, April 15, 2021 - More than 170 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates have appealed in an open letter to US President Joseph Biden to support a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to COVID-19 vaccines in order to end the pandemic more quickly.

The letter specifically asks President Biden to support the proposal of the South African and Indian governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily waive intellectual property rights related to vaccines and treatments against COVID-19 because the current rate of vaccine production would make poorest countries wait at least until 2024 to achieve mass immunization against the disease.

 "President Biden has said no one is safe until everyone is safe, and now the G7 is a great opportunity to show the global leadership that only the United States can provide," said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, alluding to an upcoming meeting of the group of world's richest countries.

Nobel laureate in economics Joseph Stiglitz warned that "new virus mutations will continue to take lives and threaten our connected global economy until everyone, everywhere, has access to a safe and effective vaccine."

The letter was coordinated by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of about 50 humanitarian and development organizations.

You can see the complete letter and the list of signatories here.