Equal access to Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics
The Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation (PAF) is an independent organization seeking to expose excessively and unreasonably priced medicines through legal procedures. PAF’s new project, the Good Covid Company Practices (GCCP) aims to monitor the practices of pharmaceutical companies in their marketing and development of Covid-19 vaccines according to their human rights responsibilities.
In a multidisciplinary team, you will analyze the health, legal, human rights, and policy aspects of the highly topical case of inequitable Covid-19 vaccine distribution. You will be thinking about how to apply the GCCP scorecard, how to promote the tool, and how to turn it into concrete and effective policy norms. In addition, you will be drawing on the UN Business and Human Rights Principles to establish how to turn these responsibilities into legal obligations, and, in turn, how to monitor the application of these principles in the pharmaceutical field.
You may analyze legal and human rights documents, interview stakeholders (NGOs, pharmacists, Health Ministry staff, and independent consultants in the field of public health, human rights or private sector). The Foundation will offer access to available data, ideas and opportunities to discuss the project with its staff.
The scope of the project is the unequal distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, and how we can use this analysis to create awareness about unequal access to medicines worldwide. The project is in close collaboration with UAEM, which might develop a campaign on the results.
The outcomes of this PREMIUM project will help us to monitor the practices of pharmaceutical companies in their marketing and development of Covid-19 vaccines according to their human rights responsibilities. We would also hope to publish the team’s report and campaigning suggestions.
The Stichting Farma ter Verantwoording (Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation) is a Foundation working towards fair pricing of, and equitable access to, medicines in the Netherlands and elsewhere. The organization aims to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable, thereby pressuring them to adhere to the Human Rights responsibilities. In the light of the Corona pandemic, our Foundation developed the Good Covid-19 Company Practices. The project aims to promote more equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
We work together with the Maastricht chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) in promoting fair access to medicines by changing policies regarding licensing and patenting of health technology at the university and organizing awareness lectures and debates.