Opening Statement: 400 U.S. Orgs Call on Biden to Stop Blocking COVID-19 WTO Waiver

March 4, 2021

Today I gave an opening statment on a call with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in support of the WTO waiver. 

U.S. consumer, faith, health, development, labor, human rights, and other civil society groups will urge the White House to reverse Trump administration obstruction of an emergency COVID-19 waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property rules so that greater supplies of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests can be produced in as many places as possible as quickly as possible. The pandemic cannot be stopped anywhere unless vaccines, tests, and treatments are available everywhere so variants that evade current vaccines do not develop.