Thursday 6 May 2021 / 10:40 AM Emily Thornberry / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry respond to USTR’s statement on COVID-19 vaccine patents

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary and Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to the USTR’s statement on COVID-19 vaccine patents, said:

“These proposals from the US are welcome and it is vital that the UK government follows the Biden Administration’s lead and engages constructively to develop a workable plan at the WTO.

“This is an important first step but if we are to deliver the massive global increase in vaccine production that is urgently needed we must also develop a plan to share our expertise, equipment and raw materials, and take action to identify, equip and finance the mass production facilities needed in every region of the globe.

“So alongside today’s discussions, the UK government must begin work with the US and others on a comprehensive international agreement to bring about that step change in production, and replicate the speed, scale and success of the UK and US vaccination programmes in every country in the world.”