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EU Leaders Must ‘VOW’ to ‘Vaccinate Our World’!


02 Jun 2021 14:00
03 Jun 2021 12:00


European Comission
Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium


Health & Consumers
Public Demonstration at European Commission & European Council

Event Description

VOW: Vaccinate Our World’ advocates will hold a public demonstration in front of the European Commission and European Council to bring awareness and urge EU leaders to end the immorality of vaccine rationing by supporting the TRIPS patent waiver at the World Trade Organization.

BRUSSELS--()--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest HIV/AIDS care and treatment provider worldwide, will hold a demonstration to demand international collaboration to Vaccinate Our World against COVID-19. The protest will feature European public health advocates who will call for faster and more widespread global vaccine access and urge the EU to follow the Biden administration’s lead by supporting the temporary suspension of COVID-19 vaccine patents.

Advocates also aim to bring awareness to the inequalities in the European and global vaccine rollouts and the dangers of vaccine nationalism and hesitancy. The Brussels demonstration—a VOW campaign initiative—follows the UK-based virtual press conference that took place in May.

  • WHAT: Public demonstration and call-to-action to ‘Vaccinate Our World’
  • WHERE: Roundabout in front of European Commission & European Council
  • WHEN: 14:00-15:00 CET, June 2, 2021
  • WHO: AHF Europe

“The time for talk and empty promises must come to an end on COVID-19 vaccine access in the EU and globally – we need action right now!” said AHF Europe Bureau Chief Zoya Shabarova. “We’re protesting in Brussels because EU leaders must prove they’re serious about ensuring no countries go without lifesaving vaccines by supporting the World Trade Organization proposal to temporarily waive patents on all COVID-19 vaccines. Generic manufacturers must be allowed to begin producing vaccines if we’re to protect all humanity and ‘Vaccinate Our World’ now – EU leaders can and should help make that happen.”

The schedule of protests is as follows:

- Brussels, in the front of European Comission, Schuman roundabout, 1000 Bruxelles, June 2nd (Wednesday) between 14:00 and 15:00

- Puurs, in the front of Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium, Rijksweg 12, 2870 Puurs, June 3rd (Thursday) between 12:00 and 13:00) in the agenda.