The COVID-19 pandemic is a persistent threat to the health, safety and well-being of all people around the globe, but especially working people and the poor.
Vaccination programs are accelerating in Canada and other advanced economies, which is good. At the same time, many low-income nations – ravaged by COVID-19 and highly transmissible variants – lack sufficient access to vaccines and medical equipment. Most developing countries lack the resources to develop their own life-saving tools, and are left to rely on the charity of rich countries as well as large corporate patent-holders. This is unacceptable.
We know that this pandemic will not end for anyone until it ends for everyone.
Unifor has joined a growing community of organizations calling on the World Trade Organization to waive restrictive international trade rules and promote increased global production of COVID vaccines.
This so-called “TRIPS Waiver” is the right path forward. It has been endorsed by more than 100 countries, but not Canada.
Take action by sending a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trade Minister Mary Ng and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly – urging them to support the waiver.
- “At the WTO, Canada fiddles while the pandemic rages on”, by Stuart Trew (CCPA Monitor, November 2021)
- The TRIPS COVID Waiver – Resource Web Page (CCPA)
- Unifor letter #2 (May, 2021)
- Unifor letter #1 (March, 2021)