The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement regarding the recent debates on the COVID-19 vaccination, calling for free vaccines for all the people.
The full statement is as follows:
More than 1.5 million people lost their lives because of COVID-19 all across the world. The number of new cases and deaths is rising. The number of deaths almost doubled over the last month.
The most important way to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and infection is widespread immunisation, in other words, vaccination. Necessary steps to save humanity from the destruction of the pandemic shall be taken as soon as possible.
The right to vaccine cannot be delayed under today’s circumstances. No citizen’s right can be postponed. The right to vaccine cannot be left to the bosses’ conscience.
As a result of global inequalities among nations, certain countries can access to vaccines more than their populations while poor countries cannot access to vaccines. This is ripping poor countries’ right to vaccine, and bargaining over vaccine is a crime against humanity. The commodification of the right to vaccine by pharma monopolies cannot be accepted.
What is to be done is obvious: The state shall provide free vaccination transparently accessed by all citizens. The selling of vaccines shall be forbidden.
It is our call to our citizens: We shall unite to demand our right to vaccine!