- Title: Activists sketch G7 leaders' likeness in sand
- Date: 10th June 2021
- Summary: NEWQUAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 10, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPAIGNS LEAD FOR AVAAZ, SPYRO LIMNEOS, SAYING: "So at this G7 all eyes are on Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson because they seem to be the only leaders who are still opposed to this global plan. So weâ€™re asking them to waive the patents and side with President Biden and Emmanuel Macron who have come out in support. So everyone is waiting to see what is the position of Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson, will they continue to protect the patents and the profits of big Pharma or will they agree with the rest of the world to share the vaccine and save lives?" DRAWING NEARLY COMPLETED
- Embargoed: 24th June 2021 19:07
- Keywords: Avaaz G7 G7 Summit protests sand drawing
- Location: NEWQUAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: NEWQUAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003EGTKK7B
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- Story Text:Activist group Avaaz welcomed G7 leaders to Cornwall on Thursday (June 10) by sketching their likenesses into sand, putting their support behind calls to waive intellectual property rights over COVID-19 vaccines.
Pressure has been mounting for those in power to waive the rights to produce the vaccines, with the number made by the current suppliers falling far below what is needed to vaccinate the global population, activist groups and developing nations say.
Within the G7, different leaders have been more vocal with their support for waiving patents.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that intellectual property rights should not hinder access to vaccines during a pandemic and France and South Africa would propose at the G7 summit that nations work on a limited easing of rules.
U.S. President Joe Biden has also thrown his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, angering research-based pharmaceutical companies.
Avaaz says it hoped German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would support Macron's push.
South Africa and India have been pressing for eight months at the World Trade Organization for a temporary waiver of IP rights that could allow more manufacturers to produce shots.
Developed nations, home to large pharmaceutical companies, including the European Union, have resisted, arguing that a waiver would not boost production and could undermine future research and development on vaccines and therapeutics.
(Production: Natalie Thomas)
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