U.S. lawmakers joined an array of public health campaigners on Thursday at a demonstration outside the European Union\u0026#039;s Washington, D.C. delegation headquarters to demand powerful E.U. nations like Germany end their opposition to an emergency waiver of World Trade Organization patent protections to speed manufacture and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments for the global population.\r\n\r\n\u0022Europe still has a lot to do to make up for the injustices of the previous century. They need to start now, by getting people access to the vaccine.\u0022\r\n—Rep. Ro Khanna\r\n\r\nHuman rights and public health advocates, along with labor and faith leaders, rallied with Democratic legislators outside the E.U. offices, where they called on European leaders to stop blocking the more than 130 nations working to secure a Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver—first proposed by India and South Africa—that would allow Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to be produced in more locations.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022A global recovery requires a global response based on health needs—not Big Pharma,\u0022 Rep. Jesús \u0022Chuy\u0022 García (D-Ill.) said at the event. \u0022The Covid-19 virus doesn\u0026#039;t recognize borders, and neither should global recovery efforts. That\u0026#039;s why more than 130 countries around the world support a TRIPS waiver to facilitate global vaccine access, and we call on the E.U. to stop blocking this commonsense measure that saves lives.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said:\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you\u0026#039;re going to profess to stand up for human rights and for dignity, then it begins by allowing every person to have access to a vaccine. You can\u0026#039;t say you stand up for human rights, and then privilege profits and corporations over people\u0026#039;s human rights. That is hypocrisy. We know that when you have a TRIPS waiver, you will incentivize manufacturing across the world...\r\n\r\nPeople say, \u0022There is not enough manufacturing in the Global South.\u0022 The reason there isn\u0026#039;t enough manufacturing in the Global South is because the incentive isn\u0026#039;t there to invest in it because of IP laws.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re still not out of the woods,\u0022 warned Khanna. \u0022Let us not be rose-eyed about European history, the history of colonialism, the history of oppression... Europe still has a lot to do to make up for the injustices of the previous century. They need to start now, by getting people access to the vaccine.\u0022\r\n\r\nOxfam America president Abby Maxman told the protesters that \u0022we have multiple safe and effective vaccines, what we lack is the political will to increase their supply and facilitate the distribution of these vaccines to everyone, everywhere. The E.U. must do the right thing or get out of the way. [German] Chancellor [Angela] Merkel must decide to put people over profits. We need a people\u0026#039;s vaccine now.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThursday\u0026#039;s demonstration followed a week of U.S. vigils for vaccine equity outside foreign consulates earlier this month as well as a letter (pdf) sent Tuesday by 130 advocacy groups calling on President Joe Biden to apply diplomatic pressure to anti-TRIPS stalwarts.\r\n\r\nLast month, Biden surprised the world by bowing to grassroots pressure and backing the waiver proposal; French President Emmanuel Macron followed suit.\r\n\r\nEuropean Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said last month that \u0022the European Union is also ready to discuss any proposal that addresses the crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner,\u0022 including \u0022how the U.S. proposal for a waiver on intellectual property protection for Covid-19 vaccines could help achieve that objective.\u0022\r\n\r\nHowever, a recent summit for G7 nations—which include E.U. members France, Germany, and Italy—was panned by progressives as a \u0022colossal failure\u0022 after the group\u0026#039;s leaders could only manage to agree to donate enough vaccine doses to inoculate just 11% of the world\u0026#039;s unvaccinated population.