NZ To Follow Biden Decision To Back WTO Waiver For A People’s Vaccine

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It’s Our Future* welcomes a tweet
by Trade Minister Damien O’Connor noting support for the
proposal of a WTO waiver for Covid vaccines, having
initially sat on the sidelines.

This follows the decision
by the Biden administration to back the WTO waiver as a game
changer for the global vaccine rollout.

“We’ll
need to see some detail on this announcement but we are
excited that NZ has decided to put people before profit and
support the demands of the vast majority of humanity over
the powerful pharmaceutical companies”, said It’s Our
Future spokesperson Edward Miller.

“The devil will
be in the detail of their position as the waiver text is
negotiated, and we want to work constructively alongside our
negotiators to ensure this a positive outcome”, said
Miller.

“The NZ and US Governments now clearly
understand the arguments that monopoly patents are a barrier
to supercharging global vaccine production, and that nobody
is safe until everybody is safe.”

“This is a game
changer for the global vaccine rollout and a huge victory
for the millions of Americans and New Zealanders that
demanded their Government support global public
health.”

“There remain a few countries – like
France and Canada – that are yet to announce support for
the waiver. We trust that NZ and the US can use their
diplomatic engagements to shift their views and get this
waiver over the
line.”

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