WORLD - Unions Seek Waiver for Covid Vaccine Patents

Arno Froese

A global coalition of more than 350 trade unions is renewing calls for politicians to waive the patents on Covid vaccines.

They say that failing to do so would compound supply chain crises and inflict “economic self-harm.”

It comes as the World Trade Organization (WTO) tries to broker a compromise at a meeting in Geneva.

Critics argue that accelerating the rollout of vaccines is more complex than just the waiving of patents.

The dilemma being discussed at the WTO meeting centers on finding the best way to ensure the most widespread and equitable way of vaccinating the whole world from coronavirus and ending the pandemic. Successfully doing so would allow the removal of restrictions that have impaired economic growth.

They believe doing so would accelerate vaccine rollout. The UK, Germany, Switzerland, and the European Union are amongst those who are opposed to a waiver. 

The coalition is concerned that many of the 11 million workers they represent across 113 countries don’t have sufficient access to vaccines. They warn that the global transport system faces the imminent threat of collapse if not enough workers are vaccinated.

One reason supply chains are vulnerable is that only 31% of the world’s 1.4 million seafarers have been vaccinated. 

-www.bbc.com, 14 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

Coronavirus is drawing the nations closer together. Quite interestingly, only 31% of the world’s 1.4 million seafarers have been vaccinated. That could have catastrophic effects.

A Google search tells us that an estimated 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea. A major outbreak of Covid-19 within these 69% unvaccinated seafarers could be catastrophic. This clearly shows how interdependent the nations of the world are, which is accelerating year by year.

There are presently thousands of cargo ships facing a near record backlog. One reason: most US ports are not operating at maximum capacity. Supply chain snarls are expected to create major issues for holiday shoppers, the article states. Executives have warned the shipping crisis will continue into 2023. 

Revelation 18:17 reports of the future: “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off.” Thus, the tiny, invisible to the naked eye, coronavirus has severely affected the world economy; in this case, shipping. We expect more to come.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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