Currently, the world’s focus is rightly on the catastrophic events that are unfolding in Ukraine, and the devastating humanitarian fallout.
But it is worth noting that last week (March 11) marked two years since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Yet, in low-income countries, just 6.3% of people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in comparison to 73% of the population in high-income countries. However, despite this glaring injustice, Ireland has yet to support a temporary intellectual property waiver (TRIPS waiver) that would force big pharmaceutical companies to share intellectual property that would enable countries in the Global South to manufacture generic vaccines and treatments for themselves.
- The President notes the specific possibilities contained in the perspective which can be brought by the group of those nations who are neutral countries within the 27 member countries that form the European Union;
- The neutral member’s perspective … has real possibilities in creating the atmosphere for a meaningful ceasefire and a further move to meaningful talks for Ukraine and its people;
- The demand for peace must return to our lives and streets, and we must give time to confront the outrage that is contained in the suggestion that the sole version of a shared life on our vulnerable planet must rely on armaments rather than a shared peace;
- The inevitability of war must be rejected if we are to retain hope.