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Gallery: Protesters stage “Free the Vaccine” rally outside Catalent

May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.

A group of protesters gathered outside the Catalent facility in Bloomington Wednesday, where COVID-19 vaccines are being manufactured, to ask for the end of vaccine patents, to allow production in more countries, and for the United States to use its manufacturing capacity to provide vaccines to world citizens needing vaccination.

The pandemic continues to grip in India, and is a risk to the global supply of vaccines:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/05/993998745/biden-backs-waiving-international-patent-protections-for-covid-19-vaccines

Yahoo news published an extensive article first published in the Los Angeles Times on some of the issues that are slowing down worldwide vaccination. The article is at this link:

https://news.yahoo.com/vaccine-companies-u-government-snubbed-003317264.html

About a dozen protesters gathered on Patterson and held signs, and also urged United States president Joe Biden to step into the issue, and help waive the vaccine patents.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/05/05/993998745/biden-backs-waiving-international-patent-protections-for-covid-19-vaccines

As the protesters held their signs, some passers-by honked in support, while the driver of a silver vehicle disagreed and called them idiots. As the protest was nearly wrapped up, the driver of a silver diesel-powered truck stopped at the light, then revved his engine, and left the protesters in a cloud of black exhaust.

A group of private security at Catalent watched, and photographed the protesters from a distance.

Former Vice President Mike Pence was at the facility in December to help promote Operation Warp Speed.

May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: Protesters place a sign over the Catalent sign reading, “Free the Vaccine.” Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.
May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A demonstrator holds a sign reading, “People over Profit.” Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.
May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A protester holds a sign reading, “Evil is knowing how to save lives but keeping it secret.” Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.
May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A protester holds a sign reading, “Vaccinate everyone, everywhere.” Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.
May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A protester holds a sign reading, “Waive the Patents,” and another “People over Profit.” Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.
May 5, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A passing motorist in a diesel truck purposely leaves protesters in a cloud of black exhaust to show his disdain for their message. Protesters organized by the Oxfam Club at Indiana University participate in the “Free the Vaccine” demonstration outside Catalent Wednesday. The protesters are demanding an end to vaccine patents and for vaccines to be provided free to the entire world. The Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccines are manufactured at the Catalent facility in Bloomington.

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