Amnesty blames top COVID jab makers for vaccine inequality
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Six top manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine “are fuelling an unprecedented human rights crisis through their refusal to waive intellectual property rights and share vaccine technology”, Amnesty International said in a report.
In the report released on Wednesday, titled “A Double Dose of Inequality”, the rights group denounced AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer for “wheeling and dealing in favour of wealthy states”.
“Vaccinating the world is our only pathway out of this crisis,” said Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s secretary general.
“It should be time to hail these companies, who created vaccines so quickly, as heroes. But instead, to their shame and our collective grief, Big Pharma’s intentional blocking of knowledge transfer and their wheeling and dealing in favour of wealthy states has brewed an utterly predictable and utterly devastating vaccine scarcity for so many others.”
Amnesty said it reviewed each company’s human rights policy, vaccine pricing structure, records on intellectual property, knowledge and technology sharing, the fair allocation of available vaccine doses, and transparency.
It said the research found that to differing degrees, the six vaccine developers failed to meet their human rights responsibilities.Aljazeera