The alliance is outraged that the three companies are selling their coronavirus vaccines to wealthy countries while ignoring the rest. So Pfizer, BioNTech supplied less than 1% of the produced doses of the drug to poor countries, and Moderna delivered just 0.2%. The Peoples Vaccine Alliance also notes that these companies have received more than $ 8 billion in government funding.
“It’s obscene that only a few companies are making millions of dollars in profit every hour, while only two percent of people in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus,” said Maaza Seiyum of the African Alliance and People’s Vaccine Alliance. in Africa ”(member organizations of the Peoples Vaccine Alliance).
The alliance is calling on pharmaceutical companies to immediately suspend patents for their coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. They also ask governments, including the United States, to pressure corporations to provide technology to poor countries.
Earlier, the international organization Amnesty International accused six of the largest drug manufacturers: AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer – in the “unfair” distribution of vaccines. Human rights activists argue that due to the fact that the pharmaceutical giants refuse to participate in humanitarian programs, an imbalance has been created: more than half of the population is fully vaccinated in rich countries, and only 1% in poor countries. The hardest hit countries are Africa, Latin America and Asia, in some of them even doctors are not vaccinated due to a lack of vaccines.
Russian and Chinese pharmaceutical companies are not mentioned in the report as Amnesty International lacks data to assess their production and distribution of vaccines.