Actions against the current and next pandemic
Coronavirus has been dominating our lives for more than a year now. To combat the pandemic, people are adhering to rules of social distance and hygiene, avoiding contact with large gatherings of people. In most industrialized countries, vaccination campaigns have been launched to achieve herd immunity. Unfortunately, however, most people on earth still do not have access to vaccines.
Patents prevent Covid-19 medicines and protective equipment and medical supplies from being produced, distributed, and used as needed. However, the price is controlled by private corporations with the help of patents.
To increase the production of vaccines, India and South Africa already proposed to suspend the patent rights of pharmaceutical companies in October 2020. This should make it possible for companies all over the world to produce vaccines. Negotiations continue at the World Trade Organisations on South Africa’s and India’s proposal for #NoCovidMonopolies.
There is a chance that after this pandemic is over, humanity will go back to business as usual without addressing the fundamental causes of the pandemic. The number of human infectious disease outbreaks has increased significantly worldwide since 1980. Because the SARS CoV-2 was also transmitted from animals to humans, experts warn that urbanization and deforestation are advancing, so that the buffer between animals and humans will continue to decrease.