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2.5 Million Nurses Demand UN Probe Into Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver Blocking by Peculiar005: Wed Dec 2021 12:37am
More than two million nurses from 28 countries across the globe filed a complaint Monday calling on the United Nations to investigate the rich countries that are blocking a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, an appeal that came as public health experts raced to understand the newly detected Omicron variant.



In a detailed letter addressed to Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Physical and Mental Health, dozens of nursing unions noted that "the end of this pandemic is nowhere in sight" as "Covid-19 cases continue to soar in numerous parts of the world, while pharmaceutical companies and governments have failed to ensure that critical treatments and vaccines are distributed equitably in order to respond to the pandemic."

"This unequal distribution of vaccines is not only grossly unjust for the people in low- and moderate-income countries who remain at high risk for contracting and further transmitting Covid-19, it also provides for the possibility for the development of new variants, some of which may be resistant to the current available vaccines," the filing reads. "The development and spread of new variants pose a dire risk to all people around the world."

The complaint specifically targets the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, and Singapore, wealthy nations that have stonewalled the patent waiver at the World Trade Organization (WTO), defying the will of a majority of that institution's member countries.

By blocking the patent waiver, the small group of rich nations is "endangering millions of lives around the world," the nurses declare in a petition accompanying their formal U.N. complaint.



"This is a clear violation of our right to health—of nurses, caregivers, and patients. So we are now taking them to court," the petition continues. "We demand an urgent investigation into the obstruction of the waiver by these Covid-19 criminals."

The WTO was set to consider the patent waiver once more at its biannual ministerial conference this week, but the meeting was postponed indefinitely due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Coordinated by Global Nurses United and Progressive International, the nurses' U.N. complaint was submitted as scientists and political leaders worldwide grappled with the potential threat posed by Omicron, the fifth coronavirus strain to be designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO). First detected in Botswana, cases of the variant have since been identified in South Africa, Australia, Israel, the U.K., Canada, and elsewhere.

To sign the petition, go to https://covid19criminals.exposed/

Source: Common Dreams

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