Schakowsky Reacts to WHO Call to Halt Vaccine Booster Shots

August 5, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON –  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has led the push for the United States to support the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Waiver in the World Trade Organization, which would allow more countries to have access to the vaccines to the COVID-19 virus. She released the following statement in reaction to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement regarding vaccine booster shots:

“The World Health Organization’s announcement that rich countries ought to halt booster shots to enhance protections against COVID-19 in already vaccinated people is an important reminder. Many poorer countries still have not been able to vaccinate their vulnerable populations and the virus rages on in those regions.

“WHO’s statement, however, also presents a false choice and a theory of scarcity that gives Big Pharma exactly what they want: an out from the TRIPS waiver. The WHO should not be joining the World Trade Organization as a tool for Big Pharma’s profiteering off of global suffering. The goal must be to increase manufacturing throughout the globe, especially in the global south and other developing countries.”