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World leaders and the people speak up for Covid-19 patents waiver

More than 170 former heads of states and governments and Nobel laureates called on US president Joe Biden to fully support a temporary waiver of the WTO intellectual property rules, last week. This is part of campaigns by the People’s Vaccine Alliance (PVA) for Covid-19 vaccines to be made “available to all, everywhere, free of charge”. PSI is a member of the PVA.

Canadian Pension Plan dollars are being used to fund Bolsonaro’s water privatization in Brazil

Over $266 million of Canadians’ public pension fund could be used to take water and sanitation out of public control in Brazil. If successful, Canadian workers’ public pension would be funded directly by Brazilians that already suffer from fragile and unequal access to clean water and sanitation.

Global call: vaccines for all!

Public Services International and its affiliates, together with other trade union organizations, social movements and civil society organizations call on workers from all over the world to mobilize this April 7, World Health Day, to demand that governments and agencies act to guarantee universal and immediate access to immunization against Covid-19 for all.

Support to French union actions for a national public energy service for all

PSI has sent a message the French members of EDF's Dialogue Committee on Social Responsibility (CDRS) about the ‘Projet Hercule’, reiterating continued support to the struggle of French energy trade unions to halt the unbundling and further privatisation of EDF. PSI views energy as a vital public service and strategic resource, not a for-profit commodity.

Moderna announces Covid-19 vaccine: Time to fight for a people’s vaccine

Moderna Inc. announced its Covid-19 vaccine barely a week after Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement. In a manner reminiscent of the Cold War rivalry, Russia also announced its Sputnik V vaccine on the same day. These are welcome developments which provide a light in the tunnel of the pandemic, but everybody across the world must have access to the Covid-19 vaccines.

Strong public and social housing services: a key asset in halting global pandemics

PSI has produced a new paper on the fundamental role strong public and housing services have in halting global pandemics and protecting public health. These services must be fully reclaimed and restored as a critical part of the toolkit governments at all levels have to secure social security and public health for all.