People's Medicines

working for fair access for everyone, everywhere

There is no moral justification for millions to die whilst pharma billionaires line their pockets with profits gained in part from public research and investment. We cannot continue on a path where pharma shareholders call the shots and women, minorities, and people in poorer countries suffer the consequences.

We must break up monopolies, improve global research capacities, and support tech transfers that ramp up production of lifesaving vaccines, tests and treatments.

Pandemics should not be a case of survival of the richest.

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The people’s MEDICINES

A coalition of over 100 organisations and networks, supported by Nobel Laureates, health experts, economists, Heads of States, faith leaders and activists, working together towards a world where everyone can access the medicines they need, regardless of where they live or what they earn.

We focus on:

  • Supporting Pandemic Preparedness
    We are advocating for better pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response to avoid a repeat of the terrible failure during COVID-19.

  • Challenging Barriers
    We are challenging trade and intellectual property barriers and pharmaceutical company behaviours that restrict access to lifesaving medical technologies for COVID-19 and other diseases. This includes addressing trade and intellectual property barriers.

  • Advocating For Better
    Promoting public policy to build equitable access to medical technologies for all, including public funding for R&D, sharing technology and IP, and investing in diversified manufacturing in the South such as through initiatives like the mRNA technology transfer programme.

  • We believe that access to life-saving medicines is a basic human right and our members are committed to achieving this for all. We are working towards a world where everyone has access to affordable and effective medicines, no matter where they live or what their income is. Join us.

“The people. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
Jonas Salk

The inventor of the polio vaccine, when asked who owned his discovery

The organisers


The People’s Medicines Alliance is a coalition of over 100 organisations, supported by Nobel Laureates, scientists, Heads of States and activists, working together towards equitable access to medical technologies that help to prevent and respond to COVID-19 and future pandemics.

If you believe that access to healthcare is a human right, and that the world’s approach to tackling pandemics should prioritise people’s lives, not profits for pharmaceutical companies, take action with us today.

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