Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release


Press Release

Congressional Progressive Caucus Calls For Germany To Stop Blocking Global Vaccine Access


As Chancellor Angela Merkel makes her first visit to the United States during the Biden administration, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement:

“Chancellor Merkel arrives in Washington as the Delta variant is surging around the world and wealthier countries have administered 80 percent of vaccine doses, while low-income countries have been left with just 0.4 percent of them. We hope that when President Biden meets with her today, he will press the Chancellor on why Germany is standing in the way of more than 130 nations accessing COVID-19 vaccines through an emergency waiver from the World Trade Organization (TRIPS).

“Our Caucus has prioritized global vaccine equity since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and along with Speaker Pelosi, supported the Biden administration’s efforts to ensure quick and equitable global vaccine production and treatment access. But as long as Germany withholds its approval of the TRIPS waiver, it threatens the lives of millions of people around the world and our ability to crush the virus.

“The pandemic isn’t over until it’s over everywhere. After watching my family in India fight to survive the latest surge there, I feel personally how vital it is that the U.S. must do everything we can to ensure that no one else has to suffer from an artificial vaccine shortage in the fight against this virus — both in pushing to ensure the TRIPS waiver is implemented, and by investing $35 billion into America’s production of vaccines that can quickly assist countries around the world in getting vaccinated.

“President Biden has been clear and strategic in rebuilding America’s relationships with world leaders, and once again ensuring that the United States re-establishes our leadership on the world stage. We hope that during this visit, the President will apply his diplomatic and leadership skills to ensuring Germany supports the TRIPS waiver so that we can all engage in the lifesaving work of fighting this global pandemic.”


Congressional Progressive Caucus logo

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is made up of nearly 100 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and advance civil liberties.

Calling New Eviction Ban 'Just a Start,' Omar Says Rent Should Be Canceled Until End of Pandemic

"We have the House, Senate, and White House—there are no excuses for our inability to act. We have the power to stop the next eviction crisis and must act now."

Jake Johnson ·

Conceding Defeat in Ohio Special Election, Nina Turner Says 'Our Justice Journey Continues'

"We are going to continue to travel all over this country to ensure that progressives are not left alone when evil lurks. Until justice rings for all, justice rings for none."

Jake Johnson ·

'I Think He Should Resign': Biden Joins Chorus of Demands for Cuomo to Step Down

Calls for the New York Democratic governor's ouster are growing after an investigation found that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law.

Jessica Corbett ·

Cori Bush, Progressive Lawmakers and Activists Hailed for New CDC Eviction Moratorium

"I think the message here today is clear," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "It's that everyday people can make a change. We can always demand better."

Brett Wilkins ·

As Biden Touts 110+ Million Vaccine Donations to the World, US Urged to Go Much Further

"The president has said that the U.S. will serve as a vaccine arsenal for the world," said one campaigner. "Ten thousand people die each day waiting for ambitious action to match this vision."

Jessica Corbett ·