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Tuesday petition delivery ahead of WTO Ministerial
CONTACT: Matt Groch mgroch@citizen.org (202) 454-5111

Ahead of WTO Ministerial, Members of Congress Join Health, Labor, Faith and Other Groups that Will Deliver 3 Million Petitions Calling on Biden to Deliver on WTO COVID Waiver; Help End the Pandemic.

WHAT: A Zoom press conference where members of Congress will join, health, development, labor and faith leaders to discuss expectations for the WTO Ministerial, the path for enacting a COVID medicines waiver and why the failure to do so would prolong the pandemic leading to more deaths, economic hardship and social and political disruption. Organizations will deliver three million petitions urging President Joe Biden to step up U.S. leadership so as to secure a temporary waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property barriers that limit the supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests necessary to end the pandemic.

The press conference comes ahead of the key Nov. 30 WTO Ministerial (MC12), a major meeting of high-level officials from around the world, and more than a year after a COVID emergency WTO waiver was first proposed. Today less than 7% of people in low-income nations have received a first COVID shot. The the petition delivery is part of actions taking place across the globe ahead of MC12 to insist that a waiver be agreed. With the WTO Ministerial only days away and

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Paul O'Brien, Amnesty International USA, Executive Director
Avril Benoît, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA, Executive Director
Sara Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, President
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Partners In Health, Chief Medical Officer
Pauline Muchina, American Friends Service Committee, Public Education & Advocacy Coordinator for the Africa Region
Asia Russell, Executive Director, Health GAP
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen, Director of Global Trade Watch (Moderator)

Nov 23, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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