Demonstrations Against Vaccine Apartheid Planned During German Chancellor Merkel’s Visit to US

UPDATE: A twitter thread with photos and video from many of the protests is online here.

Civil society groups across the United States are planning demonstrations against vaccine apartheid at over a dozen German consular offices in the days leading up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the United States in mid-July.

While Americans increasingly have widespread access to COVID vaccination, huge numbers of people in low- and middle-income nations won’t have access to vaccines for years longer unless global production is increased dramatically.

The vast majority of countries around the world — including the United States — support a call made by South Africa and India to temporarily waive trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS) at the World Trade Organization for COVID vaccines, so that they can be produced in as many places as possible as quickly as possible.  But the European Union, led by Germany, continues to oppose such an agreement.

“Over 130 organizations representing public health, human rights, faith, labor and other constituencies sent a letter to President Biden recently calling on him to use all possible diplomatic means to press the EU to negotiate on a TRIPS waiver in good faith,” said Arthur Stamoulis, executive Director of Citizens Trade Campaign.  “Every day that Germany continues to obstruct a fast and effective waiver agreement means more needless death, more families pushed into poverty and increased chances of a viral mutation that can evade current vaccines and start the pandemic all over for everyone.”

Chancellor Merkel’s planned visit to the United States on July 15th comes shortly before the next big WTO meeting during which life-or-death decisions on the TRIPS waiver will be made.

Advocates of the TRIPS waiver are planning to protest against vaccine apartheid not just in Washington, DC — but outside German consular offices in the following locations:

Wednesday, July 14 * 10:00am
Outside the German Consulate
6222 Wilshire Boulevard * Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, July 15 * 6:00pm
Outside the German Consulate
1960 Jackson Street * San Francisco, CA
Friday, July 16 * 10:30am
Outside the Honorary German Consulate (Emerald Center)
1620 5th Ave * San Diego, CA
Wednesday, July 14 * 11:00am
Outside the Honorary German Consulate
4100 E Mississippi Avenue * Denver, CO
Thursday, July 15 * 9:00am
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Lafayette Square
H St and Black Lives Matter Plaza NW * Washington, DC
Tuesday, July 13 * 8:30am
Outside the German Consulate
676 N Michigan Ave * Chicago, IL
Thursday, July 15 * 12:30pm
Across from Honorary German Consulate (Lobsterman Park)
1 Temple Street * Portland, ME
Monday, July 12 • 12:00pm
Copley Square (Corner of Boylston & Darmouth Streets)
560 Boylston St • Boston, MA

Wednesday, July 14 * 10:00am
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
E. 47th Street (between 1st & 2nd Ave) * New York, NY
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Thursday, July 15 * 5:00pm
Outside the Honorary German Consulate
120 West Tupper Street * Buffalo, NY
Wednesday, July 14 * 12:00pm
Outside the Honorary German Consulate (One Cleveland Center)
1375 E. Ninth Street * Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, July 14 * 6:00pm
Outside Honorary German Consulate
3900 SW Murray Blvd • Beaverton, OR

Thursday, July 15 * 1:30pm
Outside the Honorary German Consulate
912 S Capitol of Texas Highway (Hwy 360) * Austin, TX

Tuesday, July 13 * 12:00pm
Outside the Honorary German Consulate
36 State St * Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, July 15 * 10:30am
Outside the Honorary German Consulate (Town Point Park and Nauticus)
1 Waterside Drive * Norfolk, VA
Sunday, July 11 • 1:00pm
The German House
613 9th Ave  *  Seattle, WA

These actions follow earlier protests in DC and at German consulates calling on the German government and EU to support the waiver.

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Boston, MA

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