Sumary of Independent UN experts decry COVID vaccine hoarding: ‘No one is secure until all of us are’ :
- “This pandemic, with its global scale and enormous human cost, with no clear end in sight, requires a concerted, human-rights based and courageous response from all States”, four UN experts together with members of a human rights working group said in a statement on universal access to vaccines..
- “Under international human rights law, access to any COVID-19 vaccine and treatment must be made available to all who need them, within and across countries, especially those in vulnerable situations or living in poverty”, the experts spelled out..
- Additionally, the experts said that pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility not to put profits ahead of people rights to life and health and should accept restrictions on the patent protection of vaccines they develop..
- Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation…