PM must ensure COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge to all


The Liberal Democrats have urged the Prime Minister to ensure a coronavirus vaccine is patent free, affordable for all governments and free of charge to all.

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The call comes as the Prime Minister today hosts a Global Vaccine Summit in London.

The Liberal Democrats are also calling on the Prime Minister to endorse the WHO COVID Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), which the UK Government has so far refused to do.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for International Development Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

"Until everyone is vaccinated, no one is safe. A COVID-19 vaccine should be a global public good - patent free, affordable for all governments and free of charge to all people.

"The UK Government should be a world leader in ensuring equitable access to vaccinations. But I am deeply concerned that Ministers appear to be putting short-sighted nationalism and the profits of pharmaceutical companies ahead of saving lives.

"It is shameful that last week, the UK Government refused to endorse the WHO COVID Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) - a global initiative to share COVID-19 science and data and prevent monopolies blocking fair global access to the medical solutions to this pandemic.

"I urge the Prime Minister to seize upon the opportunity of today’s summit to pledge meaningful support for C-TAP and encourage all stakeholders to follow suit."


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