LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 11, 2022–
AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today condemned criminal interference by big pharma in negotiations over the World Trade Organization’s proposed TRIPS waiver, which would have allowed more countries to produce vaccines against COVID-19.
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) advocates hold a protest outside Moderna headquarters Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Cambridge, Mass., calling on the company to share critical know-how so vaccines can be produced in the developing world. (Photo: BusinessWire)
According to POLITICO, “Between January 2020 and September 2022, 13 lobby groups and pharmaceutical companies held nearly 100 meetings with top officials. [European] Commission officials. In the UK, there were over 360 meetings between January 2020 and March 2022, or nearly one every two days. Conversely, civil society groups advocating for vaccine equity only met with EC officials about 60 times and had only 20 meetings in the UK. From 2020 to 2021, big pharma and the biggest lobby groups have spent more than €30.7 million lobbying the EU during the pandemic.
“We knew the pharmaceutical industry – namely the big three COVID-19 vaccine makers, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna – had a stranglehold on politicians around the world, but this survey reveals how far they will go to do put profits before people’s lives. . The only word to describe it is “disgusting,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “We, along with other vaccine fairness advocates, condemn big pharma for their manipulative tactics aimed at forcing countries to choose between life-saving drugs or their economies taking a financial hit. pharmaceutical companies threatening to withdraw their investments. This is despicable behavior, and we urge governments to immediately address this behavior as a threat to national and global health security – especially during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
AHF has advocated for vaccine equity since the pandemic began, including hosting multiple protests at Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J headquarters. Many AHF country teams have also sent letters to wealthy country embassies seeking support for the proposed WTO TRIPS waiver.
About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
AIDS Health Foundation, the world’s largest AIDS service organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, in the Asia/Pacific region and in Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.
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CONTACT: US MEDIA CONTACT:
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF
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firstname.lastname@example.orgDenys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy and Communications, AHF
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INDUSTRY KEYWORD: AIDS HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH HEALTH CARE REFORM PUBLIC POLICY PHARMACEUTICALS OTHER POLICY ISSUES INFECTIOUS DISEASES PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT COVID-19 ADVOCACY GROUP OPINION
SOURCE: AIDS Health Foundation (AHF)
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