Petition to President Joe Biden, Admiral Brett Giroir, Moderna , Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky, Albert Bourla, Stéphane Bancel, Vice President Harris, Emmanual Macron, Boris Johnson, Anthony Fauci
Suspend Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines so we can end this Pandemic
We all know the toll COVID-19 has taken. The millions of lost lives, the lost livelihoods, the illness, the isolation, the educational loss for kids, and direct impacts on our way of life. We all know what an amazing feat it was that as of February, several vaccines were on the market that could beat this virus. However, getting people vaccinated has been a disaster. Globally, we've given out approximately 135 million doses of the vaccine (reaching 1.73% of the world population). One of the major reasons for this is we simply aren't producing enough of the vaccines. More worrying are new strains of the virus. As the virus continues to spread, it'll have more opportunities to mutate which will increase the chances that our newly developed vaccines will be less effective. Just recently, evidence emerged that AsraZeneca's vaccine does not work well against the South Africa variant of the virus. It doesn't have to be this way. Other drug-makers could take part in the production of the vaccines IF they had the blueprints and especially if the vaccines were classified as generics. However, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca and the U.S., and many other wealthy countries are preventing this. The drug companies are maintaining intellectual property rights on their vaccines even though they were fully funded and then some by taxpayer money for research and development and initial orders (Moderna received 2.5 billion in government funding). In late October of 2020, South Africa and India petitioned the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend some Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights on the vaccines so that they could be produced more freely. This was supported by 100 other WTO members, but unfortunately, the United States and 17 other wealthy countries blocked this effort. This petition calls on the CEOs of Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca to make their vaccines generic and to take any and all steps to assist in the widespread development of their vaccines. It also calls on the U.S. Government to support India and South Africa's proposal to the WTO (IP/C/W/669) to waive parts of Trade-Related Intellectual Property rights (TRIPs) so that the world could more effectively produce the COVID-19 Vaccines. Especially, when these drugs were already developed at the expense of tax-payers, and when considering what is at state for all of us, we need to get our global community vaccinated quickly and put profits aside. If this virus has taught us anything, it's that we're all in this together. And governments and pharmaceutical giants need to heed this lesson.
Petition to Gahanna School Board
Our Health Matters
On March 15, students at Gahanna Lincoln High School are set to go back full time, five days a week, with both hybrid groups being in the building at the same time. While all of the teachers have had the opportunity to receive the Pfizer vaccine, most students haven’t been granted access to this opportunity due to being a low health risk in terms of age. However, cramming 2000+ students into a building may be dangerous and detrimental in terms of student health. While young people may be less likely to die from Covid-19, we have yet to see the full extent of long-term impacts from this virus. Even though we are younger we still have a chance of contracting Covid-19 and experiencing these long term effects or dying from it, a chance which is increased by jamming us back into our normally crowded classrooms, hallways, and cafeterias. The school board knows of these dangers, especially since they are still meeting virtually. Student health is important too, not just the adults around us, and we expect our school board to make decisions that reflect that, not ones in order to hastily push us back into school before we’re ready. We, the draftees and signees of this petitions, ask that the Gahanna Board of Education refrain from sending students back to school full time until the vaccine is available to the student body.
Petition to Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont
Essential Workers need the vaccine! Demand CT Governor prioritize essential workers!
Dear Governor Lamont,I am a proud “essential” worker at Whole Foods Market in West Hartford. Every single day, 40 hours a week, I – along with thousands of other Connecticut residents—diligently make my way to work, where I serve the general public for 8 long, mostly thankless hours a day. Ask any grocery store employee and they will tell you that we work incredibly hard, all the time, receiving little appreciation from the general public. Normally this is not something that upsets me beyond a passing irritation. However, your recent inability to recognize the constant dangers that workers endure in our daily efforts on the general public’s behalf, over the last LIVING HELL of a year, by denying us a place among the first stages of 1B, is beyond reprehensible.Enough is Enough. On behalf of all of us who have been bending over backwards every day these past 11 months, to better serve you and the general public - shame on you.Shame on you for not recognizing us sooner and giving us the protection we so desperately need, and consistently placing us farther back in line, behind groups that simply DO NOT need the vaccine with the same urgency that we Frontline Essential workers do.Concerned, Overwhelmed, and Out of Patience,Alec McAlisterPS- I voted for you. This is not so much about your policies, as it is about our lives.
Petition to Lucy McBath, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff
Stop insurance providers from rejecting doctor-recommended cancer treatment.
Last June, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer--the same disease that killed both his father and his father-in-law. Fortunately, we caught it early, and we assumed he'd begin treatment as soon as possible. His doctor recommended proton therapy, as he believed it would offer my father the highest quality of life and the least likelihood of his cancer returning. Just as we thought we could breathe, his insurance provider, BlueCross BlueShield, told him the treatment was "experimental" and "medically unnecessary." Like many life-saving medical treatments, proton therapy has an extremely high cost. If we tried to pay for the treatment without coverage, we would lose everything. So we appealed and were rejected multiple times. In January, my dad's case was reviewed by a panel of doctors. "Surely they wouldn't deny a patient life-saving treatment recommended by their doctor," we thought. They did. We are not allowed to appeal again. This is not an anomalous case. So many patients have been denied coverage for the cancer treatment they need, despite recommendations from their doctors. See, for instance, groups such as the Alliance for Proton Therapy Access. Several members of the group were denied coverage by BlueCross BlueShield as well. I would also like to point out that my family is relatively privileged in comparison to some others, who may be dealing with a more advanced diagnosis, general financial hardships, or other struggles, yet also cannot access treatment. The fact that this is even possible in such a wealthy nation is unconscionable for many of our international counterparts, whose healthcare programs often ensure needed treatments like these are covered. So why is it acceptable, or even common, to go through this in the United States? The waiting, the expenses, the rejections--the fact that patients struggle to access the care they need and families must consider going into crushing debt while insurance companies profit is ruining lives. Love is at stake. This is preventable. This is shameful. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that access to healthcare is crucial for our society. It has made it painfully clear that depriving patients of such care is inhumane. I am calling on Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, and other members of Congress to introduce legislation to ensure patients won't be denied coverage for doctor-recommended, life-saving treatment. I believe it is safe to assume that such treatment is never "medically unnecessary," and lawmakers should ensure patients in this situation are not prevented from accessing it due to prohibitive costs. Part of serving your constituents is keeping us alive. Please save our families.
Petition to Doug Ducey, Mark Brnovich, Katie Hobbs
Blood testing and water testing for those affected by Contaminated water by Luke AF base
We have a wonderful community here next to Luke Air Force base. Unfortunately, we have recently become aware of a HUGE problem. Due to the practice of using certain products by Luke AFB (that have been known carcinogens for years) our water is contaminated. What does this mean for our community? How much are we affected short term and long term? What are these contaminants and can and will they affect us? We want answers. Please sign this petition and demand we get them. We need our water tested and our blood levels tested. We need our wells rid of these contaminants; PFOA & PFOC’s and all other possible toxins. Who is responsible? We know Luke AFB has been using these fire foaming agents on base, as have other bases around the US, for years. The exact same active issue is happening now next to the AF base in New Mexico. We also know Valley Utilities Water Co. Inc., our water company, has not been sufficiently testing/filtering our water. We need to rally! We need to sign this petition. This petition is for Luke Air Force Base, the State of Arizona, and Valley Utilities Water Co. inc. to pay for our own water testing, all our blood tests as a community, and to fix all the wells that have dangerous toxins in them. These products have been used for over 40 years with these known carcinogens (that are known as “forever chemicals”) due to their inability to naturally breakdown and pollute water. The effects will be devastating not only for us but more importantly our children.
Petition to Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee
Health Care Access For All Bodies
Recently I was searching for an optometrist online and I realized something needed to change. See, I am a person who has lived with a large body all of my life. Every time I look for a medical professional I have to search for images to see who might have seating that would accommodate my large body. I hunt for pictures and look through reviews, hopeful to find some information. If I can’t find anything, I end up having to call to see if said medical office is accommodating to large-bodied people. This oftentimes will leave me feeling embarrassed or worse, untreated. Living in a large body doesn’t mean a person should be denied access to their needs especially when it comes to healthcare. I can say from honest experience that many medical professionals don’t consider large-bodied patients. It’s almost as if they can’t see a need to make accommodating changes since large-bodied people do not seek treatment. However, this is simply untrue. Many medical practitioners are not equipped with proper seating or operating equipment to support a large person. It is embarrassing for many people when they are unable to sit in a waiting room or receive care because of their size. It pushes many people into not seeking treatment for even the most basic of needs. This is unfair and can create even more medical problems for those who aren’t treated. This petition is to request that a law be created in Washington State to ensure that all people, including large-bodied people, are accommodated with comfortable and properly weight rated seating in waiting rooms and medical offices as well as specialized care equipment, i.e dental & optometry chairs, MRI machines, etc. In ALL medical offices in Washington state. Thank you for taking your time in reading this petition and for your support.