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Oxfam: A quarter of a billion more people could fall into extreme poverty this year due to Covid-19, rising inequality and Ukraine war

A quarter of a billion more people could be pushed into extreme poverty this year because of Covid-19, rising global inequality and food price rises supercharged by the war in Ukraine, a new Oxfam report warned today. First Crisis, then Catastrophe, published ahead of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings next week (18-24 April), […]

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COVID vaccines create 9 new billionaires with combined wealth greater than cost of vaccinating world’s poorest countries

At least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance revealed today ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit. Key members of the G20, who meet tomorrow, including the UK and […]

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Oxfam reaction to US support for TRIPS waiver

In response to today’s announcement that the US Trade Representative is supporting waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, Abby Maxman, Oxfam America’s President and CEO, made the following statement: “President Biden and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai have recognized that Pharma’s ‘business as usual’ is killing us. In this moment of crisis, we applaud their willingness […]

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Pharmaceutical giants shell out billions to shareholders as world confronts vaccine apartheid

Ahead of shareholder meetings for the giant pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s Vaccine Alliance calculates that Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca have paid out $26 billion in dividends and stock buybacks to their shareholders in the past 12 months. This would be enough to pay to vaccinate at least 1.3 billion people, the equivalent of the […]

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Former Heads of State and Nobel Laureates Call on President Biden to Waive Intellectual Property Rules for COVID Vaccines

April 14, 2021 – More than 170 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates, including former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of France François Hollande and Nobel Laureates Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Professor Francoise […]

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Rich nations vaccinating one person every second while majority of the poorest nations are yet to give a single dose

March 10, 2021 – One year on from the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the People’s Vaccine Alliance is warning that developing countries are facing critical shortages of oxygen and medical supplies to cope with COVID-19 cases yet the majority have been unable to administer a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In contrast rich […]

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Campaigners warn that 9 out of 10 people in poor countries are set to miss out on COVID-19 vaccine next year

December 10, 2020 – Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today, as the UK begins to rollout vaccinations. By […]

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Pandemic Profiteers Exposed by Oxfam America

July 22, 2020 – While the United States faces the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression because of COVID-19, a subset of corporations is reaping dramatic profits that are flowing to their already wealthy, mostly white male shareholders, further exacerbating existing inequalities, according to a new analysis released by Oxfam today. InPandemic Profiteers Exposed, Oxfam […]

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More than 80 millionaires call for higher taxes on the richest to help COVID-19 global recovery

July 14, 2020 – A group of 83 millionaires from seven countries released an open letter to governments today, calling for a permanent tax increase on the very wealthiest to help pay for the global recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The letter praises the essential workers who have been on the frontline of the crisis and highlights the role […]

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Efforts to forge a global ceasefire fail, as key local peacebrokers are sidelined, says Oxfam

May 13, 2020 – The international community has thoroughly failed to forge a global ceasefire in order to stop the coronavirus and save millions of lives, said Oxfam today. In its new report “Conflict in the time of Coronavirus,” Oxfam showed that despite UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire, conflict has continued, […]

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Water, food and shelter first priorities in communities devastated by Typhoon Phanfone

December 27, 2019 – Coastal communities hit by Typhoon Phanfone urgently need food, clean water and shelter, Oxfam warned today. Many of the communities were still recovering from the impacts of Typhoon Kammuri which hit the areas earlier this month. Typhoon Phanfone (known locally as Ursula) made landfall seven times between 24 and 25 December […]

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Oxfam ready to respond after tsunami in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

December 23, 2018 – Oxfam is getting ready to respond to tsunami-affected communities in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait following a tsunami that struck  islands in the Strait last night. Coastal communities in small islands in the Sundra Strait are believed to be among the worst hit from the tsunami, with Indonesia’s national disaster management authority saying […]

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