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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00293

End Pharmaceutical Monopolies of COVID-19 Vaccines

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Siobhian Brown, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Willie Coffey, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Fairlie, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Neil Gray, Patrick Harvie, Fiona Hyslop, Daniel Johnson, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Gordon MacDonald, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Mackay, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Michael Marra, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Jenni Minto, Carol Mochan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Willie Rennie, Emma Roddick, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Anas Sarwar, Lorna Slater, Kaukab Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield, Elena Whitham

That the Parliament notes the calls of a coalition of Scottish charities to signal urgently its strong support for the ending of what it considers to be pharmaceutical monopolies; understands that these monopolies are artificially limiting vaccine supply to low-income countries; considers that a "vaccine apartheid" has resulted from a handful of pharmaceutical companies rationing supply, by refusing to share their vaccine recipes and know-how with the rest of the world; notes that a crucial G7 Leaders Summit is taking place between 11 and 13 June, and urges Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to back plans to waive intellectual property rules and insist that vaccine know-how and technology is shared via the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, enabling a life-saving escalation in global vaccine production.