Global vaccine access is essential for a global, just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the countries least able to afford the vaccine are the last to access it. Meanwhile, the ten most wealthy countries in the world have bought up three-quarters of available vaccine doses.
Both the U.S. Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis have called for universal access to the vaccine around the world. With more infectious and intense variants emerging in different parts of the world and even appearing in the United States, we know that the health of residents, the economy, and society cannot recover without global vaccine access.
A waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines by the World Trade Organization is the fastest and most effective pathway to global vaccine access. Millions of lives could be saved by this decision.
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