Sernah speaks to the crowd (photo Ashley Walton)
A few weeks ago UAEM and the Center for Artistic Activism hit our $10,000 target in support of our ongoing Free the Vaccine for Covid-19 campaign. And we have YOU to thank for!
With your support, "Season 2" of our Free the Vaccine campaign will very soon be launched. Applications are already closed but if you or someone in your network are interested in helping us do our part in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible, please contact us!
We know that Intellectual Property (IP) rights on life-saving medicines prevent access for millions of people around the world, and we have already seen universities and pharmaceutical corporations favour profit over people, even in a global pandemic. We want to make sure that universities and publicly-funded research institutions are leading the charge in ensuring global access with any new diagnostics, treatments and an eventual vaccine(s) developed on their campuses with public funds.
On Friday August 28th, around a hundred scientists, community members, and health justice activists from Free the Vaccine and other allied groups rallied at the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA to demand that Moderna sign the Open COVID Pledge, commit its COVID-19 technologies to the COVID Technology Access Pool, and price its experimental vaccine candidate at cost. Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is being developed entirely with public funds and the corporation has received almost $1 billion in taxpayer funding for its COVID-19 vaccine development since the start of the pandemic, but has failed to disclose government financial support in its patent applications. Moderna was forced to put out a statement in response but failed to address our demands.
You can further support us by spreading the word about our work or following us on social media via #freethevaccine! If you missed the recent carnival protest in London, UK you can check our the video here.
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Free the Vaccine Protest (photo Ashley Walton)
Free the Vaccine Protest 2 (photo Ashley Walton)