Eight World Leaders Take a Swipe at Trump [Update: Putin Out to Steal Vaccine Research]

Not in so many words, but eight world leaders wrote an op-ed in today’s Washington Post calling for any Covid-19 vaccine to be available worldwide:

The international community must guarantee equal global access to a covid-19 vaccine

[W]e must urgently ensure that vaccines will be distributed according to a set of transparent, equitable and scientifically sound principles. Where you live should not determine whether you live, and global solidarity is central to saving lives and protecting the economy.


We call on global leaders to commit to contributing to an equitable distribution of the covid-19 vaccine, based on the spirit of a greater freedom for all.

signed by:

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, Sahle-Work Zewde, president of Ethiopia, Moon Jae-in, president of the Republic of Korea, Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa (also chairperson of the African Union), Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, prime minister of Spain, Stefan Lofven, prime minister of Sweden, and Elyes Fakhfakh, prime minister of the Republic of Tunisia.

An obvious call, you would think, one that everyone will immediately acknowledge is necessary and proper. All but one, of course:

Trump is scooping up the world’s remdesivir. It’s a sign of things to come

and similar stories. So Trudeau and the others clearly know what to expect from the Corrupt Corpulent Corpuscle.

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