Declare COVID-19 Vaccine A Global Common Good Now

We,  the  undersigned,   make   this   joint   appeal   to   all   the   global   leaders, international organizations, and governments to adopt legal measures and make official statements declaring COVID-19 vaccines as a Global Common Good, free from any patent right belonging to anyone. The signatories below include Nobel Laureates and Nobel Laureates Organizations, civil society leaders, and world moral leaders from all over the globe.

  • RIGHT TO THE FREE ACCESS TO THE VACCINE FOR ALL

Our  right to  health can be guaranteed only by our duty  to health,  both    on an individual and collective level. As a priority, there is a need for our conceptual recognition, and actual translation into action, of our responsibilities. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across Mother Earth, there is an explosion of research activities and clinical trials to find cures and vaccines. Indeed, everyone converges on the idea that ultimately the only way to definitively eradicate the pandemic is to have a vaccine that can be administered to all the inhabitants of the planet, urban or rural, men or women, living in rich or poor countries.

The pandemic clearly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of healthcare systems in different countries, as well as the obstacles and inequities of access to healthcare. The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality.

Governments, foundations, international financial organizations like the World Bank and the regional development banks should work out details of how to make the vaccines available free of cost.

We appeal to governments, foundations, charity organizations, philanthropist individuals, and social businesses (that is, businesses which are created to

solve people’s problems without taking any personal profit out of them) to come forward to produce and/or distribute the vaccines all over the world.

We invite all social, political, and health entities to re-affirm our collective responsibility for the protection of all vulnerable persons related to poverty, discrimination, gender, illness, loss of autonomy or functionality, or age.

  • TRANSPARENCY IN DETERMINING FAIR RETURN ON RESEARCH INVESTMENTS

The  research  for  a   vaccine   is   a   long   process. The estimated time   for development of a COVID-19 vaccine is about 18 months or less, which would be an absolute speed record.

This research needs immense economic investments. Many private sector research laboratories who are engaged in the vaccine research will be expecting a return on their investments. We must work out an unambiguous procedure to determine what would be a fair level of this return in exchange for putting the vaccine in the public domain. For this reason, information issued by the private sector, scientists, and authorities, needs to be timely, accurate, clear, complete, and transparent. The research results should be in the public domain, making it available to any production facility that pledges to operate under strict international regulatory supervision and only to such facilities.

  • ACTION PLAN

We urge the World Health Organization to design a World Action Plan on COVID-19 vaccine. We appeal to them to set up an international committee responsible for monitoring the vaccine research and to assure equal access to the vaccine for all countries and all people within a publicly announced pre- determined time frame.

We appeal to all world leaders, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director General of the World Health Organization, religious leaders, social leaders, moral leaders, leaders of research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and media leaders to join hands to ensure that in the case of COVID-19 vaccine we have a global consensus for free universal access, far ahead of its actual production and distribution.

NOBEL LAUREATES
1 Muhammad Yunus 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate
2 Máiread Maguire 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
3 Professor Adolfo Perez Esquivel 1980 Nobel Peace Laureate
4 Lech Wałęsa 1983 Nobel Peace Laureate, Former President of Poland
5 Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1984 Nobel Peace Laureate
6 Mikhail Gorbachev 1990 Nobel Peace Laureate, President of the Soviet Union
7 Rigoberta Menchu 1992 Nobel Peace laureate
8 Edmond Henri Fischer 1992 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
9 Sir Richard J. Roberts 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
10 José Ramos Horta 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate
11 Jody Williams 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
12 Shirin Ebadi 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
13 Elizabeth Blackburn 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
14 Tawakkol Karman 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
15 Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
16 Malala Yousafzai 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate
17 Kailash Satyarthi 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate
18 Nadia Murad Basee Taha 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate
FORMER PRESIDENTS
19 Emil Constantinescu President of Romania 1996-2000
20 Ameenah Gurib-Fakim President of Mauritius 2015-2018
21 Tarja Halonen President of Finland 2000-2012
22 Mladen Ivanic President of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2018
23 Gjorge Ivanov President of North Macedonia 2009-2019
24 Ivo Josipovic President of Croatia 2010-2015
25 Aleksandr Kwasniewski President of Poland 1995-2005
26 Petru Lucinschi President of Moldova 1997-2001

 

27 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva President of Brazil 2003-2011
28 Rexhep Meidani President of Albania 1997-2002
29 Bujar Nishani President of Albania 2012-2017
30 Rosen Plevneliev President of Bulgaria 2012-2017
31 Romano Prodi President of EU Commission 1999-2004 and Italian Prime Minister of Italy 1996-1998, 2006-2008
32 Vicente Fox Quesada President of Mexico 2000-2006
33 Mary Robinson President of Ireland, 1990-97
34 Rosalia Arteaga Serrano President of Ecuador 1997
35 Petar Stoyanov President of Bulgaria 1997-2002
36 Vaira Vike-Freiberga President of Latvia 1999-2007
37 Filip Vujanovic President of Montenegro 2003-2018
FORMER PRIME MINISTERS
38 Shaukat Aziz Prime Minister of Pakistan 2004-2007
39 Marek Belka Prime Minister of Poland 2004-2005
40 Sali Berisha Prime Minister of Albania 2005-2013, President 1992-97
41 Gordon Brown Prime Minister of UK 2007-2010
42 Helen Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008
43 Mirko Cvetkovic Prime Minister of Serbia 2008-2012
44 Jan Fisher Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2009-2010
45 Chiril Gaburici Prime Minister of Moldova 2015
46 Jadranka Kosor Prime Minister of Croatia 2009-2011
47 Yves Leterme Prime Minister of Belgium 2008, 2009-2011
48 Peter Medgyessy Prime Minister of Hungary 2002-2004
49 Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981-2003, 2018-2020
50 Djoomart Otorbaev Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan 2014-2015
51 Oscar Ribas Reig Prime Minister of Andorra 1982-84; 1990-94
52 Eka Tkeshelashvili Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia 2010-2012

 

ARTISTES & SOCIAL ACTIVISTS
53 Shabana Azmi Actor and Human Rights Activist
54 Andrea Bocelli Tenor, Singer-Songwriter
55 Bono Singer, Activist
56 Lily Cole Actress, Activist
57 George Clooney Actor, Human Rights Activist
58 Richard Curtis UN SDG Advocate, Founder, Project Everyone
59 Matt Damon Filmmaker & Co-founder Water.org & WaterEquity
60 Sharon Stone Actress, Human Rights Activist
61 Jimmy Wales Founder, Wikipedia
62 Forest Whitaker Actor, Founder, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
BUSINESS LEADERS
63 Sir Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group
64 Emmanuel Faber Chief Executive Officer, Danone
65 Mo Ibrahim Philanthropist, Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
66 Paul Polman Co-founder & Chair, IMAGINE, Former CEO, Unilever
67 Azim Premji Chairman, Wipro Limited
68 Narayana Murthy Co-Founder, Infosys
69 Ratan Tata Former Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Group
POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS, LEADERS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVISTS & ACADEMICS
  70   Father Giulio   Albanese   Journalist and Writer
71 Abdulaziz Altwaijri Former Director General, ISESCO
72 Jean Baderschneider Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
73 Thomas Bach President, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
74 Luigino Bruni Professor, Economics, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA)
75 Margaret Chan President, Boao Global Health Forum
76 James Chau International Broadcaster and Host of The China Current
77 Susan M. Elliott President and CEO, National Committee on American Foreign Policy
  78 HRH Prince Turki bin   Faisal Chairman, King Faisal Foundation’s Center for Research and Islamic Studies
79 Father Enzo Fortunato Spokesperson of the Sacred Convent and Papal Basilica of Assisi
80 Father Mauro Gambetti Custodian of the Papal Basilica and Sacred Convent of Assisi
81 Ron Garan Former Astronaut
82 Nathalie de Gaulle Co-Founder & President NB-INOV
83 Ann Hidalgo Mayor of Paris
84 Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu Former Secretary General, OIC
85 Garry Jacobs CEO, President World Academy of Art and Sciences
86 Adeeba Kamarulzaman President-elect, International AIDS Society
87 Mats Karlsson Vice President of the World Bank 1999-2002
88 Kerry Kennedy President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  89   Vanessa   Kerry Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Founder, Seed Global Health
90 Salman Khan Founder, Khan Academy
91 Guilherme Leal Co-Founder, Natura Cosmeticos, B Team Leader
  92   Sharon   Lewin Director, The Peter Doherty Institute of Infection & Immunity, University of Melbourne
 
93 Justin Yifu Lin Former Vice President of the World Bank
94 Raffaele Lomonaco Professor of Economics of the Pontifical Lateran University
95 Marina Mahathir Writer, Human Rights Activist
96 Alaa Murabit UN SDG Advocate, The Voice of Libyan Women
97 Rovshan Muradov Secretary General, Nizami Ganjavi International Center
98 Edward Ndopu UN SDG Advocate, Founder, Beyond Zero
99 Samia Nkrumah President of Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre
100 Elsa Papademetriou Former Vice President of the Hellenic Parliament
101 Jeffrey Sachs UN SDG Advocate, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
102 Ismail Serageldin Co-Chair Nizami Ganjavi International Center
103 Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO
104 Gary White CEO & Co-founder, Water.org & WaterEquity
105 Nicola Zingaretti Chairman & Leader of the Italian Democratic Party