Ireland’s vaccine roll out is gathering speed. Soon every adult in Ireland will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine. But the global pandemic is far from over and less than 3% of people in lower income countries have access to a vaccine.
This inequity is a result of decisions taken by governments and must be challenged. We are asking the Irish government to take a stand for fairness, equality and global health by calling for a #PeoplesVaccine. Please join us.
The science is clear. The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Not only is this the right thing to do, it is also in our self interest, as ongoing outbreaks anywhere mean greater risk of new variants developing, against which our vaccines may not be effective. There simply is no way to defeat COVID-19 in Ireland without united action worldwide.
The Peoples Vaccine Alliance Ireland, of which AMRI are a member, is campaigning to upscale production of COVID-19 vaccines so they are available to everyone, everywhere.
Global access to vaccines will only be possible if many more vaccine manufacturers are permitted to produce vaccines and if pharmaceutical companies agree to share their recipes and know-how. Will you call for a #PeoplesVaccine?
Thank you to those who joined us for the recent launch. I'm sure you will agree that it was an inspiring event and the speakers made a strong call on the Irish government to take a leadership role for the #Peoplesvaccine.
You can view a recording of the event above or via the website: https://peoplesvaccine.ie/#launch. Please share the recording to highlight our speakers’ important messages with your friends and family.
We ask that you also take the time to support the EU Citizen's Initiative petition, at this link: https://noprofitonpandemic.eu to ensure that the European Commission does everything in its power to make vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone.
Universal Periodic Review - Ireland
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an examination of the human rights records of the 193 UN Member States, of which Ireland is a member. Initiated by the UN Human Rights Council, the UPR process provides an opportunity for Member States to present to the Council how they have improved the human rights situations in their respective countries and to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations and overcome any challenges to the enjoyment of human rights for all. It is the only international peer review mechanism for the human rights records of all UN Member States assessing the extent to which States respect their human rights obligations as set out in:
the UN Charter
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
human rights instruments to which the State is party (human rights treaties ratified by the State)
voluntary pledges and commitments made by the State (e.g. national human rights policies and/or programmes implemented)
applicable international humanitarian law
Each country review process takes place around every 4-5 years and involves:
preparation of a National Report by the State under Review
submissions to the UN of reports by civil society organisations
an ‘interactive dialogue’ where other States are given an opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations on human rights issues
the adoption by the Human Rights Council of the report of the Working Group which includes the State’s position on the recommendations made
Ireland's first NPR was in October 2011. In March 2014, Ireland published a voluntary National Interim Report which outlined the progress made to date since the 2011 report. Ireland’s second NPR was in 2016. The next UPR takes place in April-May 2021.
A coalition of religious congregations and organisations have made a joint submission to Ireland’s UPR led by the Presentation Interprovincial Justice Desk, Edmund Rice International, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles (OLA Ireland) and the International Presentation Association (IPA). The submission has focused on key social issues of human trafficking, domestic and gender-based violence and the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Other religious congregations and NGOs, including AMRI, supported the final submission.
UPR submission here
Faith Leaders Condemn Potential Uyghur Genocide
More than fifty Irish faith leaders have signed a statement condemning the persecution of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, China. The statement, which echoes one issued by the human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide in August 2020, has been signed by representatives of faith communities from across the island of Ireland. This comes after British lawyers found that there was a ‘ very credible case ’ that the Chinese government was committing genocide against the Uyghurs. To read the statement....
Vaccine Justice: Pandemic Protection for All
Intensified support is needed across the world to support a temporary suspension on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement that currently constrains the manufacture and disbursal of COVID-19 vaccines across the world. This waiver, sought initially by South Africa and India, would enable a temporary waiver on the patent rights of Covid-19 vaccines and other related medicines, equipment and knowledge, which would help to facilitate increased production volume and more widespread manufacturing worldwide to ensure equitable and affordable access for middle and low income countries. At the moment, these talks are at an impasse.
The Holy See is a proponent and supporter of the TRIPS waiver - "the world is on the brink of a catastrophic world failure, and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries."
What can we do?
Watch the short video produced by www.noprofitonpandemic.eu that seeks to lobby the European Union to support the temporary waiver and ensure fair and equitable access.
Also watch the short explainer video (from New Zealand), which easily explains this issue and share across your social media https://www.nzalternative.org/the-peoples-vaccine.
Sign the European Citizens Petition and share wider - over 90,000 people have signed so far across Europe. Ireland has only 2,110 out of 9,165 required signatures – that’s just 23.04% who have signed. The aim is for Ireland to reach the threshold by 7th April.
Link to the petition: https://noprofitonpandemic.eu/