Webinar, 29 May 2020: Key points of presentations.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi: “We have moved a bill in US House of Representative to extend 20 billion dollars aid to Corona hit countries. Under the Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) Act, the Biden administration will provide 80 million extra doses of vaccines to developing and low-income countries. US plans to vaccinate 60 per cent of world population to create the desired herd immunity.” Indian-American Congressman, Raja Krishnamoorthi said this while speaking in an International Webinar on “Strategies for Dealing with Pandemic for Equitable Access to Vaccines,” organized jointly by Gautam Buddha University, Howard University, Association of Indian Universities, Haryana Higher Education Council, Kurukshetra University and Swadeshi Swawlamban Trust on Friday.
Mr. Ron Somers, former chairman, US-India Business Council said, “India and US have partnered in producing vaccines for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and first phase of Corona in the form of Remdesivir by using voluntary licencing. Contrary to some misbeliefs, voluntary licencing will provide access to vaccines, and will not undermine IPR and enable further innovation. Seven Indian vaccine manufacturers who can mass produce vaccines received the technology to produce remdesivir, are competing on price and selling it to treat patents in India and 120 other countries.”
Prof. Pradeep Kapur, former ambassador and amazon bestselling author said, “No government in the world, how so ever powerful, can go alone by itself to deal with corona Pandemic. Leaders of the world who can communicate with the civil society will be better able to manage the corona crisis.”
Prof Marilyn Sepocle, Chairperson of Women Ambassadors Foundation observed that like Merrie Curie and Charles R. Drew, who respectively gave X-Ray and Plasma therapy to the world as gifts, the Vaccine making pharma companies should use their innovation as a gift to the world.
Dr Pradeep Reddy, MD and a Pediatrics Specialist in Marion, Illinois and member the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin said that regulatory hurdles in supply of International aid for Covid medicines and equipment must be addressed urgently.
Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities said that Vaccine is the only hope to save humanity from this Pandemic. All of us should unite to make an opinion in world community about free access to vaccines to all.
Dr Johnrose Austin Jayalal, National President of the Indian Medical Association said that countries with 13 % of world population has ordered 50 % vaccines. At this rate 90 % population of lower income countries will be without vaccination till the end of 2021 or longer. However, India has walked the talk and Bharat Biotech has given vaccine manufacturing licence to three companies and is ready to give voluntary licence to any manufacturer in the world.
- Sundram, All India Convenor of Swadeshi Jagram Manch said that this Pandemic should unite the world in its fight against an invisible enemy. Swadeshi Jagran Manch is playing a major role in bringing world leaders to a consensus for Patent free vaccines.
Satish Kumar, All India Co-Organiser of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a leading economic thinker and social worker observed that 3 lakh people have already signed the petition moved by our trust for making corona vaccine free from patent regime. 1500 Vice Chancellors, intellectuals, scientists, and economists have also signed another similar petition.
Prof. Narendra Rustagi, Director CGBS, Howard University highlighted the fact that we need to lift patent conditions for a limited period so that humanity can be saved. Reasonable profits can be shared with innovators to meet the cost of innovation.
Mr. Saji Narayanan, former All India President of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh observed that new terms like vaccine racism and vaccine apartheid are in currency these days, which is indeed a cause of concern. We must decide what is more important, profit or humans. Greed based capitalism should give way to humanitarianism.
Prof Bhagwati Prakash, VC Gautam Buddha University stressed that global humanity must unite to save humans from Covid. World cannot wait for WTO to take a decision in relaxing laws for producing vaccines. He said right to profiteering by innovators cannot supersede the fundamental right to life.
Dr Yogender Malik, All India General Secretary National Medicos Organization told that there are seven vaccine manufacturers in India with the capability to make Covid vaccine. India has walked the talk. Bharat Biotech has given voluntary licence to Indian manufacturer and further willing to give licence to any manufacturer in world.
Prof. Som Nath Sachdeva, Vice Chancellor Kurukshetra University coordinated with the foreign and Indian speakers in the smooth organization of the webinar. He said that this seminar, with a major support of Kurukshetra University, has been successful in building a world-wide opinion about Patent free vaccines and medicines to a 70 % world population to fight the Corona Pandemic.
Prof, B.K. Kuthiala, Chairman, Haryana Higher Education Council observed in his vote of thanks said that through such webinars a discourse of consensus is emerging through the efforts of intellectuals, social organizations, policy makers, education administrators, scientists to provide free access to vaccines, medicines and medical equipment in this unprecedented situation of pandemic.
- World leaders must fight the Pandemic Jointly
Herd Immunity only when 60 % World Population is Vaccinated
Pharma Companies should make Vaccines as Gifts to the World
Patent free Vaccines/ Voluntary Licencing will Provide Access to Vaccines for All
Shun Greed based Capitalism to save Humanity
Right to profiteering by innovators cannot supersede the fundamental right to life