Vaccine Alliance Pledging Conference – Oxfam Comment

Published: 3rd June 2020

Commenting ahead of the Vaccine Alliance pledging conference tomorrow (4 June) that is expected to raise at least US$ 7.4 billion to support the roll out of vaccination programs across the developing world, and establish a new fund to help developing countries buy and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager said:

“Oxfam welcomes the support for Gavi’s ongoing work helping to protect the world’s poorest children against diseases such as pneumonia.

“The establishment of a new fund to help developing countries pay for a coronavirus vaccine is important. However, Gavi, and the governments that fund it, must first confront the monopoly power of the pharmaceutical industry which is standing in the way of a People’s Vaccine. Taxpayers’ money should be invested in vaccines and treatments that are patent free and available to all nations at cost price – and not used to line the pockets of wealthy pharmaceutical companies.”

Notes to editors

The Global Vaccine Summit will take place on Thursday 4 June. It will be hosted by the UK government and attended virtually by representatives from over 50 countries, including more than 25 Heads of State from G7, G20, and Gavi implementing countries.

Contact information

Anna Ratcliff in Oxford, UK | | +44 7796 993288
Annie Thériault in Montreal, Canada | | +51 936 307 990

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