A four-day summit on vaccine internationalism was initiated by Progressive International on 18th June with the aim to “end the pandemic as soon as possible by securing Covid19 vaccines for all.”
The summit brings together Global south governments, political leaders, healthcare workers and vaccine manufacturers from more than twenty countries.
The summit includes :
1. Representatives from the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Kisumu (Kenya) and India (represented by Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan and former health minister of Kerala, KK Shailaja).
2. Vaccine manufacturers such as Fiocruz (Brazilian state manufacturer), Virchow Laboratories (Indian manufacturer with a presence in over 100 countries and an annual turnover of $600 million), Biolyse(Canadian firm seeking voluntary or compulsory licensing agreements) and BioFarmaCuba (Cuba’s state manufacturer)
3. Political leaders from around the world, former leader of the U.K. Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and leader of the Colombian opposition Gustavo Petro.
4.Representatives from healthcare unions from the U.S., Brazil and India.
Since only 6.2% of the world population fully vaccinated against COVID, participants of the Summit want to seek a speed up of production, distribution, and delivery of vaccines to the world. The summit also hopes to consider concrete proposals to pool technology, invoke patent waivers and invest in rapid production.
The members meeting at the summit will discuss proposals which will include a platform for sharing ongoing progress with candidates, trial protocols and data setting the stage for real transparency and allowing local manufacturers to produce the critical doses.
The other discussions for the agenda include sharing the manufacturing capacity and investing in public industry, equipping factories to produce the vaccines required for domestic and Global South.
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