Greek PM says that the coronavirus vaccine should not be used as a tool for profit

The vaccine against COVID-19, when developed, should be a global public good that will be distributed worldwide, and not just a means for making a profit, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated.

In his statement posted on Twitter, the PM referred to Greece’s successful response to the first wave of the pandemic which allowed a gradual return to normalcy, while noting that the threat to the whole world must be a global response.

“Government, scientists and citizens have come together to fight the battle to keep our people healthy and safe. And after three months, we have emerged victorious. Our society and economy are returning to the normal rhythm,” Mitsotakis said.

Greece pledged €3 million to the European Commission-led coronavirus vaccine research fund. With the initiative, the European Commission intends to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

“And when science does its job, we will be at the forefront of the fight to make the vaccine a global public good and not just a means to making profit. The vaccine must reach every corner of the world and be accessible to all,” he added.

“Because when the threat is universal, its treatment must also be universal,” Mitsotakis concluded.