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Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna making $1,000 profit every second while world’s poorest countries remain largely unvaccinated

Demand grows for firms to share vaccine recipes and technology as billionaire pharma bosses convene for ‘Big Pharma Davos’ New figures from the Peoples Vaccine Alliance reveal that the companies behind two of the most successful COVID vaccines – Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna – are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute. The figures based […]

Third COVID wave engulfs Yemen with 99% of people unvaccinated

Yemenis are battling a third wave of COVID, which threatens 99% of the population who are unvaccinated, Oxfam said today. Recorded cases of COVID have tripled and the death rate has risen by more than fivefold (420%) in the last month.  Excluded from these figures are countless undiagnosed deaths of people in their homes due […]

Moderna, BioNTech and Pfizer cashing in thanks to taxpayer investments, monopolies, and low taxes while leaving millions unprotected

Moderna, BioNTech, and Pfizer are reaping astronomical and unconscionable profits due to their monopolies of mRNA COVID vaccines — upwards of 69% profit margins in the case of Moderna and BioNTech — while Moderna and Pfizer are also paying little in taxes, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. Thanks to their patent monopolies […]

Oxfam Australia calls for increased and ongoing Government support for the people of Afghanistan as evacuation deadline looms

Oxfam Australia is calling on the Federal Government to urgently do everything in its power to ensure all those at risk are able to leave Afghanistan safely, as reports emerge that evacuation missions will soon begin to wind down ahead of the US military’s departure, one week from today. The aid organisation’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said that, as a […]

Oxfam among Australian charities uniting to launch historic disaster relief alliance

Sixteen Australian charities, including Oxfam, joined forces today to launch the newly-formed Emergency Action Alliance at an online event that featured prominent government leaders, media executives and charity leaders. In an historic move the humanitarian agencies will be uniting in their campaign and fundraising efforts to improve how Australians can support and donate when large […]

Vaccine monopolies make cost of vaccinating the world against COVID at least 5 times more expensive than it could be

The cost of vaccinating the world against COVID-19 could be at least five times cheaper if pharmaceutical companies weren’t profiteering from their monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. New analysis by the Alliance, which includes Oxfam, shows that the firms Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are charging governments as much as […]

Six-fold increase in people suffering famine-like conditions since pandemic began

A new Oxfam report reveals that as many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This is more than the current global death rate of COVID-19, which is around seven people per minute. Overall, 155 million people around the world are now living in crisis levels of food insecurity or […]

More than a million COVID-19 deaths in 4 months since G7 leaders failed to break vaccine monopolies

At current vaccination rate low-income countries would be waiting 57 years for everyone to be fully vaccinated  More than a million people have died from COVID-19 since G7 leaders last met back in February, when they made vague pledges to increase the global vaccine supply, but crucially failed to collectively back the waiver of intellectual […]

After the bombing, Gaza struggles to restart power, water, hospitals, markets and fishing for its 2.1m people

400,000 people in Gaza do not have access to regular water supply after 11 days of bombardment devastated electricity and water services and severely impacted the three main desalination plants in Gaza city, Oxfam warned today. Oxfam Country Director in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Shane Stevenson said: “Every one of the 2.1 million people […]

Statement on ceasefire in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Shane Stevenson, Oxfam Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, said: “Finally, for the first of 12 consecutive nights, two million Palestinians in Gaza, including hundreds of thousands of traumatised children, can rest rather than lie awake in fear as bombs fly over their homes.  And civilians across Israel will be spared the threat […]

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