This pandemic won’t be over for anyone until it’s over for everyone, everywhere. Most other countries are far behind the United States in vaccination. That’s why Doctors Without Borders is calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly and equitably to people all over the world on the basis of need—not profits.
We’re calling on the Biden Administration to do more to ensure global vaccine equity. Here’s what you can do to help give everyone a shot.
1. Sign our vaccine equity petition
Help us show the Biden Administration that you care about ending the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere, by adding your name to this petition outlining the steps our leaders must take to ensure global vaccine equity. We’ll deliver this petition directly to the United States government to guarantee your voice is heard.
3. Help MSF teams provide care around the world
As an independent, impartial non-profit medical humanitarian organization, we depend on the generosity of our supporters to ensure we can continue to provide care where it’s needed most—especially in places where other organizations cannot or will not go. You can help our teams provide care for COVID-19 and other health threats by making a generous, tax-deductible donation to MSF now.
The issue: Stark inequity in access to vaccines
Though half of all Americans (50 percent) are now fully immunized against COVID-19, only 1 percent of people living in low-income countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Countries across Africa, for example, are facing another devastating wave of the disease, yet only 1.5 percent of the vaccines administered worldwide have reached people there. This stark inequity in access to vaccines is a direct threat to people at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and is enabling new virus variants to take hold.
Doctors Without Borders is on the ground in many of these countries providing support to local health authorities responding to the pandemic while keeping our existing medical programs up-and-running. But our efforts alone cannot end this pandemic.
That’s why we’re calling on the Biden Administration to do more to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines for people everywhere.
Our solution to help end the COVID-19 pandemic
To help end this pandemic for everyone, everywhere, we have four demands for the Biden Administration:
- Commit to sharing more COVID-19 vaccine doses as quickly and widely as possible.
- Help scale up capacity for mRNA vaccine manufacturing around the world.
- Remove intellectual property barriers that limit our ability to develop the vaccines and medicines needed to end this pandemic.
- Pull back the curtain to reveal how pharmaceutical corporations spend taxpayer dollars to bring vaccines and other medical tools to market.
To make sure our call for vaccine equity is heard, we need our supporters to raise their voices together.