Covid-19 vaccines should be mass produced and made available to the whole world – but because of the pharmaceutical industry and its patents, private profit and not public health will determine the rollout.
80% of Pfizer vaccine stocks have been bought by countries representing just 14% of the world’s population. The power of Big Pharma and the wealth of the developed world threatens the global fight against Covid-19.
With a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon, it’s time for governments to ensure that public investment in research results in rewards for public health – not obscene profits for Big Pharma.
In the UK and across the world Big Pharma is ripping off public health systems and denying patients vital medicines. This week, Labour showed there is an alternative.