Call for a more equitable vaccine approach - CONCORD Newsletter February 2021
LETTER TO PRESIDENT VON DER LEYEN: CALL FOR A FAR MORE EQUITABLE VACCINE APPROACH
Will the EU fulfil its pledge to leave no one behind in the current vaccination drive? CONCORD, as part of a global effort by influential civil society networks and platforms, is calling on the EU to ensure a far more equitable approach to the current vaccination drive. While Europe seems to be 'sorted' - at least in terms of supply - universal access is the only solution to end the pandemic and mitigate deepening socio-economic inequalities.
Vaccines surely have to be considered public goods? If so, then the EU must commit to go further than just allowing partner countries to have Europe's left-overs. Most particularly, the EU should not block other countries from developing their own vaccines. Our open letter urges the EU and national leaders to work with partners and enable the roll-out of effective and all-inclusive national vaccine programmes.
It's clear as ever that we will not be safe until we are all safe.
Tanya Cox, CONCORD Director
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When: 16 March 2021 14:00 - 15:30 (CET) Registrations: Zoom link will be provided for those interested Hosted by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sweden