Dear Dr Okonjo-Iweala,

RE: The urgent need to agree to expand the WTO June 2022 Decision on COVID-19 vaccines to cover tests and therapeutics.

We are a global alliance of more than 160 organizations and experts from across the world, writing today to urge you to act on behalf of the interests of the hundreds of millions of people across the developing world facing COVID-19 without access to treatments or even tests. We are very concerned about the lack of Decision at the TRIPS Council meeting on the 6th of December and the proposed delay on this urgent matter until June 2023. Each day of delay means more infections, more deaths, and greater difficulties for the global economic recovery.

The WTO has the power and opportunity to help developing countries control the virus by expanding the June 2022 Decision on vaccine intellectual property to cover tests and therapeutics by the 17th December 2022 deadline agreed by WTO member countries.

Read the full letter from civil society organisations & experts urgently calling for Dr. Okonio-Iweala to act on this urgent matter here, signed by the following:

The People’s Vaccine Alliance

  1. AbibiNsroma Foundation
  2. Access to Medicines Ireland
  3. ActionAid
  4. ActionAid International
  5. Africa Japan Forum
  6. African Alliance
  7. Ahadi Achievers Empowerment CBO, Ahadi Achievers Empowerment CBO
  8. Alan Rossi Silva, Staff Attorney at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA)
  9. Amira Herdoiza , Executive Director Kimirina
  10. Amnesty International
  11. Anne Marie Collins, EqualHealth
  12. Annette Gaudino, Activist
  13. Annie Namala, Convener, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan
  14. APCASO
  15. Asia Russell, Executive Director, Health Global Access Project (Health GAP)
  16. Asociación de Mujeres Gente Nueva (AMUGEN)
  17. Asociación de mujeres VIH Santa Micaela
  18. Beckie Malay, PRRM
  19. BMS World Mission
  20. Cadre de concertation des ONG et Associations actives en éducation de base au Burkina Faso
  21. Catherine Dimitroulias, President of the Association of Women of Southern Europe AFEM
  22. Centre for Health Equity Zimbabwe
  23. César Artiga, Presidente de Asociación Generaciones de Paz (ASDEPAZ)
  24. CIEDUR
  25. Citizens Trade Campaign
  26. Civil Society SDGs Campaign GCAP Zambia
  27. Coalition for People’s Right to Health
  28. Council for NGOs in Malawi (CONGOMA)
  29. Diarmaid McDonald, Director, Just Treatment
  30. Dini Andriani , Manager Program
  31. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality
  32. Dr Marlise Richter, Researcher
  33. Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
  34. Dr Rasigan Maharajh, Chief Director of Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
  35. Dr Tinashe Goronga, Center for Health Equity Zimbabwe
  36. Dr Jonathan Nkalubo, Equal Health – Uganda Chapter
  37. EL GADDARI Abdelhalim, Programs director
  38. Empower India
  39. Engr(Dr.) Janet Adeyemi, National President at Women in Mining Nigeria
  41. EqualHealth Global Campaign Against Racism
  42. GCAP Ghana
  43. GCAP Italy
  44. GCAP Sri Lanka-SDG Networks, Secretary General
  45. George Carter, Founder/Director, Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research (FIAR)
  46. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
  47. Global Humanitarian Progress Corporation GHP Corp
  48. Global Humanitarian Progress GHP Corp, Luz Marina Umbasia
  49. Global Justice Now
  50. Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, University of Leeds
  51. Halley Movement Coalition, Director
  52. Hani Serag, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch
  53. Harry Prabowo, Asia Pacific Network of People living with HIV (APN+)
  54. Health Global Access Project
  55. Human Rights Watch
  56. Indonesia AIDS Coalition
  57. Initiative for Social and Economic Rights
  58. INSAF Delhi
  59. International Movement for Advancement of Education Culture Social & Economic Development (IMAECSED)
  60. International Youth Alliance for Peace Guarantee Limited
  61. Jahid Hossain Khan, Grameen Development Society (GDS)
  62. Javier Pablo Anamaria , Referente nacional Alterno de ITPC LATCA
  63. Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA)
  64. Judy Taguiwalo, Citizens’ Urgent Response to End COVID-19, Spokepersoj Justice is Global
  65. Karimi Kinoti, Interim Policy & Campaigns Director, Christian Aid
  66. Karin Slowing Umaña, Coordinadora de Investigación LaboratorioDeDatosGT
  67. Keikantse Phele , Keikantse Phele
  68. KHANA/Cambodia, Executive Director
  69. Kristine Yakhama , Africa Diabetes and Hypertension Association Kenya
  70. Labila Sumayah Musoke, Program Officer at the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights Lankaplus Organization
  71. Lídice López, corresponsales Clave, Corresponsales Clave
  72. Lois Chingandu, Acting Executive Director, Frontline AIDS
  74. Luz Marina Umbasia, GHP Corp
  75. Magatte MBODJ, Executive Director
  76. Manuel Machado, Misión Salud
  77. Marije Versteeg, Senior Global Health Advocate at Wemos
  78. Mario Gomez, Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka
  79. Marium Amjad Khan, Program Manager at AwazCDS-Pakistan
  80. Martin Drewry, CEO of Health Poverty Action
  81. Michael Switow, Founder & Executive Committee member, ONE (SINGAPORE)
  82. Mrs Edna Dafe , Projext Director., Women’s Board-ECS
  83. Mtra María Angela Elías Marroquín, Universidad de El Salvador
  84. Namusobya Salima, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER)
  85. National Association of Non Governmental Organisations,
  86. National Campaign for Sustainable Development Nepal
  87. National Fisheries Solidarity Movement [NAFSO]
  88. Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  89. Networking Community HIV and AIDS Southern Africa, Executive Director
  90. NGO Federation Of Nepal
  91. Nigeria Network of NGOs
  92. NILUFAR BANU PhD, Executive Director. Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad
  93. Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS)
  94. Noé Ivan Flores Sosa , Asociación Hondureña Contra la Tuberculosis
  95. Observatori DESC
  96. Olayinka Joseph ADEBAJO, Executive Director at One Voice Initiative For Women and Children Emancipation
  97. ONE (Singapore)
  98. Oumar SOW, National coordinator Gcap- Sénégal
  99. Oxfam
  100. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum,
  101. Partners In Health,
  102. Pauline Muchina, American Friends Service Committee
  103. People’s Vaccine Alliance Bangladesh
  104. People’s Vaccine Alliance – Asia
  105. People’s Vaccine Alliance Africa
  106. Peter Owiti , Global Covid Community Board
  107. Philip Kalio, Executive Director at Support Initiative for Sustainable Development (SISDEV)
  108. Physicians for Human Rights
  109. PODER Project on Organization, Development, Education and Research
  110. Prof P. Vassie Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal [ People’s Vaccine Alliance, Professor from the University of KwaZulu Natal
  111. Brook K. Baker, Northeastern U. School of Law
  112. Dr. Jorge Bermudez, MD, DSc, Senior Researcher in Public Health, National School of Public Health/Fiocruz, Brazil
  113. Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER)
  114. Ayotunde Okelana , Executive Director/Cleannation Foundation
  115. Public Citizen
  116. Public Eye
  117. Raditya, Executive Director at Rumah Cemara
  118. Rajesh Didiya, National TB network
  119. Rajiv Dua, Chief Executive
  120. Ratikant Behera, FSDCA (Foundation for Sustainable Development and Climate Action)
  121. Raz Mohammad Dalili, Executive Advisor Sanayee Development Organization SDO
  122. Reshma Shakya, Advocacy and Communication Officer
  123. Rethink Trade, Director
  124. Richard Stern , Independent
  125. Right to Health Action, Policy team member at Right to Health Action
  126. Rights Initiative
  128. Roman Rafael Vega Romero, People´s Health Movement – PHM
  129. Ronald Céspedes Barriga, Presidente de la Red Latinoamericana GayLatino
  130. Rossella Miccio, President of EMERGENCY
  131. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School
  132. Salud por Derecho
  133. Sarojini N, Founder, Sama Resource Group for Women and Health
  134. Sbongile Nkosi, Co-Executive Director
  135. SEATINI – South Africa
  136. Serendipity Healthcare Foundation
  137. Sharad Onta, Country Coordinator, People’s Health Movement Nepal
  138. Shihab Quader, Head of International Projects at Yunus Centre
  139. Shirin Syed, Research Fellow, American University Washington College of Law
  140. Soe Naing, Executive Director, Alliance Myanmar
  141. South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication(SAAPE)
  142. Steve Lambert, Co-founder and Co-Director at the Center for Artistic Activism
  144. SUNFO-Peoples Vaccine campaign, Director General
  145. Suruwat, Executive director
  146. Terence Dias, Admin Officer of Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS)
  147. The Rock of Hope Eswatin
  148. Trade Justice Education Fund
  149. Tumukunde Initiative Rwanda
  150. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
  151. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UK
  153. Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group, Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group
  154. Vanessa Japtha, Advocacy Manager
  155. Vinayaraj V K, Dr
  156. Wada Na Todo Abhiyan
  157. War on Want
  158. Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS
  159. Zia ur Rehman , AwazCDS-Pakistan