Make May 1 a National Day of Action for a Peoples Vaccine!

Make May 1 a National Day of Action for a People’s Vaccine! r1 ... May 1 People's Vaccine Day of Action

Dear friend,

On this International Workers’ Day, let’s raise our collective voices for vaccine justice.

Around the world, there are still at least 2.8 billion people who have yet to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That includes countless workers on the frontlines who have been denied access to affordable vaccines and medicines.

Big Pharma has clearly demonstrated that it has no interest in making vaccines accessible to all. If we are to end the pandemic and repair this gross injustice, we need to lift patents and other intellectual property rules protecting the vaccine monopolies so that countries can produce their own vaccines – something Canada has opposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the last 18 months.

That’s why the Trade Justice Network has called for a National Day of Action for a People’s Vaccine on May 1st.

Read the Trade Justice Network’s full Call to Action

As a member of this national coalition of labour, environmental, and civil society groups, the Council of Canadians is calling on its supporters to help form People’s Vaccine contingents and join the marches, rallies and other actions planned by local labour organizations, where possible.

To find out how you can help organize a contingent or host an event for the day of action in your area, join the pan-Canadian organizing call this Sunday, April 24 at 1pm ET.

Register for the Day of Action Organizing Call This Day of Action is an opportunity to build on the amazing outpouring of public support so far for lifting the patents.

More than 5,600 of you have written to your MPs urging them to call out the Trudeau government for its shameful stance, and we are very grateful for that support. Now, we need to keep raising awareness about vaccine justice in our communities and find new allies to join the fight.

Faced with an unpredictable and rapidly-evolving virus, the labour movement slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all” is more relevant than ever. Solidarity is what will defeat the virus and end this dark chapter of our history.

I hope to see many of you on the streets on May 1st!

In solidarity,

Nik Barry-Shaw
Trade and Privatization Campaigner
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