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Pauline Muchina|

115 Faith-Based Organizations Call on WTO Member Countries to Waive Intellectual Property Barriers and Increase Global Vaccine Access


Leaders from the global faith community will release a letter signed by 115 organizations, representing five world faith traditions, calling on World Trade Organization member countries to act before year's end to waive Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights rules. The faith community will spotlight the moral necessity of increasing access to COVID vaccines and treatments.

Countries instituting discriminatory travel bans that harm the people and economies of low and middle-income countries will not end the COVID-19 pandemic. Only increased global access to vaccines can. The rising COVID-19 Omicron variant illustrates that COVID-19 cannot be defeated until people on every continent are vaccinated, ending racial and economic health disparities. Read the text of the letter here.


  • Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, President, Sojourners
  • Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church Engagement, Bread for the World
  • Fr. Charles Chilufya, S.J., Director, Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa
  • Dr. Pauline Muchina, Education and Advocacy Coordinator, Africa Region, American Friends Service Committee
  • Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace
  • Imam Saffet Catovic, Program Manager, Islamic Society of North America
  • Huma Ikramullah, Secretary General, Religions for Peace - Pakistan
  • Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHEN: Monday, December 13, 2021

12:00 Noon Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific

WHERE: Zoom - Register Here.

American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

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