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.
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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.
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.
PSI as a voice of workers in the Peoples Vaccine Alliance, and its allies call on governments across the world to endorse the call for the waiver of Covid-19 trade-related intellectual property rights in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced the success of their vaccine candidate against Covid-19 in a first interim analysis from their phase 3 study in the second week of November. PSI calls for the waiver of intellectual property rights as put forward to the WTO by the governments of South Africa and India.
Ahead of the webinar on privatisation and public services, present and former UN Special Rapporteurs publish an op-ed in The Guardian saying that "global markets have failed to provide people with basic needs like housing and water'
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.
More than 500 organisations and academics from 87 countries, including PSI, have issued a statement today calling on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stop promoting austerity and instead support policies that advance gender justice, reduce inequality, and put people and planet first.
Cómo la estructura tributaria de la América Latina privilegia a los más ricos y a las grandes empresas, lo que hace que la clase trabajadora pague más impuestos que el 1% más rico de la población, es el tema del artículo “El otro virus: el fraude fiscal - A fortalecer la protección social en América Latina”, el cuarto y último de la serie de artículos de la Internacional de Servicios Públicos (ISP) en asociación con la Fundación Friedrich Ebert (FES).
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Health unions raise issue of protection for health workers to the Indian National Human Rights Commission
In the face of what appears to be a relentless spread of the Covid-19 pandemic across India, PSI health sector affiliates advocated with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for improved protection of health workers’ rights.