Declare COVID-19 Vaccine A Global Common Good Now

We, the undersigned, make this joint appeal to all the global leaders, international organizations, and governments to adopt legal measures and make official statements declaring COVID-19 vaccines as a Global Common Good, free from any patent right belonging to anyone. The signatories below include Nobel Laureates and Nobel Laureates Organizations, civil society leaders, and world moral leaders from all over the globe.

Our right to health can be guaranteed only by our duty to health, both on an individual and collective level. As a priority, there is a need for our conceptual recognition, and actual translation into action, of our responsibilities.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across Mother Earth, there is an explosion of research activities and clinical trials to find cures and vaccines. Indeed, everyone converges on the idea that ultimately the only way to definitively eradicate the pandemic is to have a vaccine that can be administered to all the inhabitants of the planet, urban or rural, men or women, living in rich or poor countries.

The pandemic clearly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of healthcare systems in different countries, as well as the obstacles and inequities of access to healthcare. The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality.

Governments, foundations, international financial organizations like the World Bank and the regional development banks should work out details of how to make the vaccines available free of cost.

We appeal to governments, foundations, charity organizations, philanthropist individuals, and social businesses (that is, businesses which are created to solve people’s problems without taking any personal profit out of them) to come forward to produce and/or distribute the vaccines all over the world.

We invite all social, political, and health entities to re-affirm our collective responsibility for the protection of all vulnerable persons related to poverty, discrimination, gender, illness, loss of autonomy or functionality, or age.

The research for a vaccine is a long process. The estimated time for development of a COVID-19 vaccine is about 18 months or less, which would be an absolute speed record.

This research needs immense economic investments. Many private sector research laboratories who are engaged in the vaccine research will be expecting a return on their investments. We must work out an unambiguous procedure to determine what would be a fair level of this return in exchange for putting the vaccine in the public domain. For this reason, information issued by the private sector, scientists, and authorities, needs to be timely, accurate, clear, complete, and transparent. The research results should be in the public domain, making it available to any production facility that pledges to operate under strict international regulatory supervision and only to such facilities.

We urge the World Health Organization to design a World Action Plan on COVID-19 vaccine. We appeal to them to set up an international committee responsible for monitoring the vaccine research and to assure equal access to the vaccine for all countries and all people within a publicly announced pre-determined time frame.

We appeal to all world leaders, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director General of the World Health Organization, religious leaders, social leaders, moral leaders, leaders of  research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and media leaders to join hands to ensure that in the case of COVID-19 vaccine we have a global consensus for free universal access, far ahead of its actual production and distribution.





1 Muhammad Yunus 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate
2 Máiread Maguire 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
3 Professor Adolfo Perez Esquivel 1980 Nobel Peace Laureate
4 Lech Wałęsa 1983 Nobel Peace Laureate, Former President of Poland
5 Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1984 Nobel Peace Laureate
6 Mikhail Gorbachev 1990 Nobel Peace Laureate, President of the Soviet Union
7 Rigoberta Menchu 1992 Nobel Peace laureate
8 Edmond Henri Fischer 1992 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
9 Sir Richard J. Roberts 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
10 José Ramos Horta 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate
11 Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate
12 Peter C. Doherty 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
13 Jody Williams 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
14 Shirin Ebadi 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
15 Elizabeth Blackburn 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
16 Mohammed Al Baradei 2005 Nobel Peace Laureate
17 Tawakkol Karman 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
18 Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
19 Malala Yousafzai 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate
20 Kailash Satyarthi 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate
21 Ouided Bouchamaoui 2015 Nobel Peace Laureate with the Tunisian Quintet
22 Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh 2015 Nobel Peace Laureate with the Tunisian Quintet
23 Juan Manuel Santos 2016 Nobel Peace Laureate
24 Nadia Murad Basee Taha 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate
25 Dr. Denis Mukwege 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate


26 Lisa Pelletti Clark Co-President, The International Peace Bureau, 1910 Nobel Laureate in Peace
27 Sérgio Duarte President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1995 Nobel Laureate in Peace


28 Emil Constantinescu President of Romania 1996-2000
29 Ameenah Gurib-Fakim President of Mauritius 2015-2018
30 Tarja Halonen President of Finland 2000-2012
31 Mladen Ivanic President of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2018
32 Gjorge Ivanov President of North Macedonia 2009-2019
33 Ivo Josipovic President of Croatia 2010-2015
34 Aleksandr Kwasniewski President of Poland 1995-2005
35 Petru Lucinschi President of Moldova 1997-2001
36 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva President of Brazil 2003-2011
37 Rexhep Meidani President of Albania 1997-2002
38 Bujar Nishani President of Albania 2012-2017
39 Roza Otunbayeva President of Kyrgyzstan 2010-2011
40 Rosen Plevneliev President of Bulgaria 2012-2017
41 Romano Prodi President of EU Commission 1999-2004 and Italian Prime Minister of Italy 1996-1998, 2006-2008
42 Vicente Fox Quesada President of Mexico 2000-2006
43 Mary Robinson President of Ireland, 1990-97
44 Rosalia Arteaga Serrano President of Ecuador 1997
45 Petar Stoyanov President of Bulgaria 1997-2002
46 Vaira Vike-Freiberga President of Latvia 1999-2007
47 Filip Vujanovic President of Montenegro 2003-2018


48 Shaukat Aziz Prime Minister of Pakistan 2004-2007
49 Marek Belka Prime Minister of Poland 2004-2005
50 Sali Berisha Prime Minister of Albania 2005-2013, President 1992-97
51 Gordon Brown Prime Minister of UK 2007-2010
52 Helen Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008
53 Mirko Cvetkovic Prime Minister of Serbia 2008-2012
54 Jan Fisher Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2009-2010
55 Chiril Gaburici Prime Minister of Moldova 2015
56 Jadranka Kosor Prime Minister of Croatia 2009-2011
57 Zlatko Lagumdzija Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001-2002, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2012-2015
58 Yves Leterme Prime Minister of Belgium 2008, 2009-2011
59 Peter Medgyessy Prime Minister of Hungary 2002-2004
60 Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981-2003, 2018-2020
61 Djoomart Otorbaev Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan 2014-2015
62 Oscar Ribas Reig Prime Minister of Andorra 1982-84; 1990-94
63 Eka Tkeshelashvili Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia 2010-2012


64 Shabana Azmi Actor and Human Rights Activist
65 Andrea Bocelli Tenor Singer-Songwriter
66 Bono . Singer, Activist
67 Lily Cole Actress, Activist
68 George Clooney Actor, Human Rights Activist
69 Richard Curtis UN SDG Advocate, Founder, Project Everyone
70 Matt Damon Filmmaker & Co-founder & WaterEquity
71 Julian Morris Actor
72 Sharon Stone Actress, Human Rights Activist
73 Jimmy Wales Founder, Wikipedia
74 Forest Whitaker Actor, Founder, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
75 Peter Gabriel Founder, Real World


76 Sir Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group
77 Emmanuel Faber Chief Executive Officer, Danone
78 Mo Ibrahim Philanthropist, Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
79 Paul Polman Co-founder & Chair, IMAGINE, Former CEO, Unilever
80 Azim Premji Chairman, Wipro Limited
81 Narayana Murthy Co-Founder, Infosys
82 Ratan Tata Former Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Group


83 Father Giulio Albanese Journalist and Writer
84 Abdulaziz Altwaijri Former Director General, ISESCO
85 Jean Baderschneider Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
86 Thomas Bach President, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
87 Luigino Bruni Professor, Economics, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA)
88 Winnie Byanyima Executive Director, UNAIDS
89 Margaret Chan President, Boao Global Health Forum
90 James Chau International Broadcaster and Host of The China Current
91 Herman de Croo Honorary Speaker of the House, 1999-2007
92 Susan M. Elliott President and CEO, National Committee on American Foreign Policy
93 Ninong Ering Member of Legislative Assembly, ARUNACHAL PRADESH Legislative assembly
94 HRH Prince Turki bin Faisal Chairman, King Faisal Foundation's Center for Research and Islamic Studies
95 Father Enzo Fortunato Spokesperson of the Sacred Convent and Papal Basilica of Assisi
96 Father Mauro Gambetti Custodian of the Papal Basilica and Sacred Convent of Assisi
97 Rahul Gandhi Member of Parliament
98 Ron Garan Former Astronaut
99 Nathalie de Gaulle Co-Founder & President NB-INOV
100 Ann Hidalgo Mayor of Paris
101 Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu Former Secretary General, OIC
102 Garry Jacobs CEO, President World Academy of Art and Sciences
103 David Jones Co-Founder, One Young World, Founder, You&Mr. Jones
104 Adeeba Kamarulzaman President-elect, International AIDS Society
105 Mats Karlsson Vice President of the World Bank 1999-2002
106 Kerry Kennedy President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
107 Vanessa Kerry Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Founder, Seed Global Health
108 Salman Khan Founder, Khan Academy
109 Guilherme Leal Co-Founder, Natura Cosmeticos, B Team Leader
110 Sharon Lewin Director, The Peter Doherty Institute of Infection & Immunity, University of Melbourne
111 Justin Yifu Lin Former Vice President of the World Bank
112 Raffaele Lomonaco Professor of Economics of the Pontifical Lateran University
113 Graca Machel Founder, Graca Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development, Graca Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development
114 Marina Mahathir Writer, Human Rights Activist
115 Amre Moussa Secretary General of the Arab League 2000-2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt 1991-2002
116 Alaa Murabit UN SDG Advocate, The Voice of Libyan Women
117 Rovshan Muradov Secretary General, Nizami Ganjavi International Center
118 Edward Ndopu UN SDG Advocate, Founder, Beyond Zero
119 Samia Nkrumah President of Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre
120 Sir Gustav Victor Joseph Nossal Australian-Austrian researcher
121 Elsa Papademetriou Former Vice President of the Hellenic Parliament
122 Jeffrey Sachs UN SDG Advocate, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
123 Ismail Serageldin Co-Chair Nizami Ganjavi International Center
124 Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO
125 Gary White CEO & Co-founder, & WaterEquity
126 Nicola Zingaretti Chairman & Leader of the Italian Democratic Party
127 Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim Member, Keadilan
128 Narek Mkrtchyan Member of Parliament, National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
129 Her Majesty Queen Sofia
130 José María Vera Executive Director, Oxfam International, Oxfam International
131 Patrizia Toia MEP, European Parliament
132 Inma Rodríguez-Piñero Member, European Parliament, European Parliament
133 Professor Dr. Michael Otto Chairman of the Advisory Board Otto Group
134 Richard St. Pierre Vice-Chairman, C2 Montreal, C2 Montreal

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