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Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies, on the Newly Announced U.S. Support for Waiving Intellectual Property Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines

With COVID-19 infections climbing to catastrophic levels in many countries, the U.S. government’s call for easing IP protections for vaccines demands urgent action.

We will each be protected when we are all protected.

Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies:

“While people in high-income, mostly western countries are being vaccinated at record levels, globally the COVID-19 pandemic is raging, and for many, vaccinations are a distant possibility.

The Biden administration support for the waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines is an important step towards making life-saving vaccines more accessible and accelerating the ending of the pandemic. We will each be protected when we are all protected.

We urge the private sector and governments around the world to act now and to put the fate of the world’s health above profits.”

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in more than 70 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.org or Twitter @VitalStrat.