New York

06 May 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the US announcement regarding Covid-19 vaccines

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the United States government’s unprecedented support for the waiver of intellectual property protections regarding Covid-19 vaccines, announced yesterday.

It opens the opportunity for vaccine producers to share the knowledge and technology that will allow the effective expansion of locally-produced vaccines and can significantly increase the supply to the COVAX facility.  We must also ensure that countries have the materials required to produce these vaccines.

We are all agreed: none of us will be safe from the virus until all of us are safe.