As we head into the third year of the COVID pandemic, billions of people worldwide still don’t have access to vaccines, tests and treatments. As a result, thousands of people continue dying needlessly each day and we’re faced with wave after wave of variants that are prolonging the pandemic for everyone.
The only way to end this cycle of death and disease, and the resulting economic and social hardships that go along with it, is to produce and equitably distribute enough COVID vaccines, test kits and treatments for everyone who needs them. What’s standing in the way? Pharmaceutical monopolies’ greed.
There are over 100 facilities worldwide that could be producing more mRNA vaccines if only given permission to do so, but Moderna and Pfizer refuse to let them. We need the Biden administration to surpass the pharma monopolies by implementing the “End the Pandemic Now” plan: waiving intellectual property rules standing in the way of COVID vaccine, test kit & treatment production; sharing vaccine-making recipes and other technical know-how with qualified producers; and speeding the creation of regional production hubs around the world.
Join us at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 3 to learn more about how ongoing vaccine and treatment inequality is affecting communities here in the Pacific Northwest and around the world — and, more importantly, what you can do about it.
The teach-in’s speaker lineup so far includes:
University of Washington on the endless waves of COVID variants
Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans on how vaccine inequities have impacted their family in India
Sunrise Movement PDX on how the pandemic is affecting the young folks and our collective future
Trade Justice Education Fund on how you can support the “End the Pandemic Now” plan
Together, we CAN end the COVID pandemic. But we need to create a movement strong enough to force our government to put our health and safety ahead of pharma profits. Please help us. RSVP for the teach-in now.