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Failure to support TRIPS waiver could “surrender the world to a prolonged pandemic”


The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland co-founded by Oxfam Ireland today accused Ireland and the EU of supporting a “a rich country stitch-up” at ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks that will decide the future of Covid-19 vaccine production. The EU, supported by Ireland, are continuing to block the demands of South Africa, India and over 100 other nations to temporarily waive intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.

Just last week, the South African President reiterated this call ahead of the WTO meeting. The waiver, which would significantly increase production of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments across the world was discussed at the WTO TRIPS Council on this week.

To highlight Ireland and EU’s continued stance against vaccine equity, campaigners from Oxfam Ireland along with Amnesty International Ireland, Trocaire, Doctors for Vaccine Equity, ICCL, Christian Aid and the Access to Medicines Ireland group, as part of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, staged a demonstration at Leinster House, today.


Speaking today about the ongoing WTO talks, CEO of Oxfam Ireland Jim Clarken said: “The heavily mutated new Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa last week, is clear evidence that the only way to end the pandemic is to vaccinate the whole world. The global vaccine inequity created by rich countries and western pharmaceutical companies has helped to enable the conditions necessary for this kind of deadly mutation to thrive.

“Rather than granting developing countries manufacturing rights and ensuring people get vaccinated to cut-off new variants, the People’s Vaccine Alliance in Ireland says the best response they can muster is to put up walls to a variant they have allowed to develop.”

At current rates, just 8% of people in low-income countries will have received at least one dose by the end of this year. This compares to 76% for high-income countries.

In Ireland, more than 400 leading scientists and medical professionals, including Prof Kingston Mills, Prof Sam McConkey and Prof Luke O’Neill, have signed a public statement urging the Irish Government to support the generic production of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to address global vaccine inequity. The call has been coordinated by People’s Vaccine Alliance in Ireland with Oxfam Ireland a leading member.


Mr Clarken continued: “The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least five million people and impoverished hundreds of millions more. Without access to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, many more will die in low- and middle-income countries purely to ensure the profits of pharmaceutical companies.

“Intellectual property rules have created an artificial scarcity of vaccines and treatments, leading to low vaccine coverage in developing countries. And that has helped to create the ideal conditions for the emergence of dangerous new variants that could put everyone, everywhere at risk once again. This is not just an ethical debate. As well as being the right thing to do, ensuring global access for all to vaccines, life-saving therapeutics, diagnostics and other medical tools is the only way to end the pandemic. Without generic vaccine production, we will continue to see variants emerge, which may be vaccine resistant and place us all at risk.”

5 CHARITABLE GIFT IDEAS TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS MORE SPECIAL

Here are a few ways you can sprinkle some magic throughout the festive season - with charitable gifts and fun DIY projects. And how Oxfam can help.

The past two years have drastically changed the way we live our lives. And the way we celebrate holidays.
But we have an opportunity to rethink traditions, create new ones, and put the meaning back into Christmas like never before. Here are 5 ideas to help...

1. FEEL CLOSER (EVEN WHEN YOU’RE APART)

If you're going to be away from loved ones at Christmas, thoughtful gestures can help you feel closer.

You’ll also find thousands of unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts in the Oxfam Online Christmas Shop. Like amazing books and rare vinyl boxsets.

Or choose a charity gift you know will strike a chord. Whether your dad’s into gardening or your gran loves goats, Oxfam Unwrapped has ideas for everyone. Each charity gift card makes a real difference by helping people living in poverty.

2. HELP CHRISTMAS MEAN (EVEN) MORE

If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the power of acting together. The festive season is a great time to do just that, uniting to help others – even if you can’t meet in person.

Not sure what you’d like for Christmas? Shopping with Oxfam is a great and easy way to make a difference. When you shop with us, all the items you buy will help families living in poverty. Adding a donation when you shop is a great way to give more this Christmas.

Our products are ethical and sustainable, with a vast range of options that includes gifts, preloved fashion, homeware, and more!


"I'd buy myself this top, it’s so sparkly and perfect to wear at Christmas.” - Raphael Wong, Oxfam shop volunteer.
 

3. GIVE TO THE PLANET

Coronavirus hasn’t been the only issue on people’s minds in 2021. The recent COP26 conference sharing shocking statistics on the state of the natural world have put the climate crisis front and centre. No surprise then, that many people are finding new ways to lessen their environmental impact.

Thousands of you took part in Second Hand September – thank you.

There are many ways you can shop second hand beyond the month of September. Gifting second hand is just one way to enjoy an eco-friendly Christmas.

There is something for everyone, from unique home accessories to vintage collectables for history lovers. Want to send out a Christmas card to your loved ones? Check out our card range. To avoid waste, you can also reuse your wrapping paper or turn it into festive decorations or envelopes.

4. CREATE A NEW TRADITION

Why not start something new and doable? You could buy a camera and create a Christmas movie with all your special moments together. Start annual Christmas games or make your own chocolate treats. Or club together with relatives to buy a life-changing gift for a family in need. You can wear fun Christmas jumpers, make your own handmade cards or buy some Christmas tree seeds and start growing your own Christmas tree for next year!

5. MAKE YOUR HOME MAGICAL

If you’re spending most of the festive period at home, it’s a good excuse to make your surroundings feel extra special. Plenty of decorations, sparkle and hygge will help. Or treat yourself to some ethical decorations, like this lovely Sourced By Oxfam Handmade Bicycle Gold Work Decoration. Stock up on comforting treats too. Like these delicious white chocolate polar bears. Or these amazing amazing Medjoul dates to add to your cakes. And to make gift-giving feel extra special, why not try fabric knot wrapping, using recycled sari fabric instead of paper.

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Cards on the table, there’s no better Christmas gift than Oxfam Unwrapped

Trying to find the perfect gift can be tricky. So, this Christmas, instead of giving your Secret Santa another pair of novelty socks, why not give something different?

With more people on the hunt for ethical Christmas presents, an Oxfam Unwrapped gift is a gift you can feel good about giving to someone you care about.

The pandemic has made the most vulnerable even more vulnerable. For families already facing the threat of war, hunger and life-threatening diseases like cholera, Covid-19 only adds to the daily fear and uncertainty they feel.

By giving the gift of soap for at-risk communities this Christmas, you could provide a life-changing gift to a struggling family. Soap, which can be a barrier between life and death, is simple and cost-effective, but not readily available for many of the world’s poorest people.

Nur* is using the recently installed Contactless Handwashing Device in the Rohingya camp. Photo: Fabeha Monir/Oxfam

With this gift you are helping people like Nur* who has been in a camp for Rohingya refugees for almost three years and has had to face many challenges including living in a tent, extreme heat, monsoons and a lack of clean water.

To help families and women like Nur*, Oxfam has installed contactless handwashing devices and is providing hygiene education.

“We are not afraid, we know how to wash hands, how to be safe. We heard from volunteers, they told us.” - Nur*

Your Unwrapped gift can make a real difference to the families living in crisis. In the past few years, we have seen the impact that climate change has had on people who are already living in extreme poverty. Often it is the people least responsible that are the most vulnerable to a warming planet’s devastating impacts on their communities and livelihoods. But thanks to people like you, Oxfam can provide training for farmers to help them plan for climate change.

Patouma Alisen is a farmer in the Liundi village in Malawi. Oxfam has been helping her and other farmers, who previously had to rely on maize, to grow vegetables in small kitchen gardens. Now they use some of the produce to feed their families and can earn an income by selling the rest.

By buying an Unwrapped gift like There is No Planet B this Christmas, you could help prepare more families for climate change.

How to Buy

Once you’ve selected your Unwrapped gift, there are several ways you can buy:

  1. Online at oxfamireland.org/unwrapped
  2. Call our office at 1850 30 40 55. We’re open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.
  3. Or, visit your local Oxfam shop. There, you can select your gifts of choice and pick up some other items on your Christmas list.

It's an amazing feeling to give someone a gift that keeps on giving. This Christmas, make a loved one smile while fighting poverty and protecting the environment… one gift at a time.

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Oxfam Ireland online Christmas shop now open

  • Oxfam's online Christmas shop is back this year!

  • Go green and power people this Christmas with Oxfam’s online gift range 

  • Check out our amazing gift range of the latest Tech and gadgets

Oxfam Ireland have officially relaunched their online Christmas shop calling on people to do something precious this Christmas by giving gifts that support both people and planet. 

The charity is calling on the public to shop with purpose this year by visiting their new online pop-up shop to browse their wide range of gifts. Each gift makes a lasting impact by supporting small traders the world over and helping to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty.

This year we also have an incredible range of the latest tech and gadgets available from our Christmas shop

The Sourced by Oxfam range contains an abundance of festive food, gifts and eco-products that are made with care, protect the planet, and help the women and men who produce them to earn a decent living – providing them with a way to lift themselves out of poverty. Present ideas in this year’s gift range include Zaytoun's Extra Virgin Olive Oil (€28). This Fairtrade oil is sourced from family-owned olive groves in Palestine. Zaytoun is an award-winning social enterprise where 100 percent of profits are reinvested into furthering their mission of supporting Palestinian farmers by paying a fair price - enabling them to fund community projects and invest in farming tools. 

Michael McIlwaine, Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail, said: “This Christmas, we’re asking people to give something different by shopping more sustainably on our new online shop. 

“Everything in our range of gifts is guaranteed to last longer than your festive bottle of wine or foodie hamper as all of them contribute to our mission to beat poverty for good by raising vital funds for our work across the world.

“From supporting development projects that transform lives in Rwanda, Tanzania and beyond, to saving lives through emergency responses in places like Yemen – where millions of people already on the brink of famine now face a deadly winter freeze – your gift will make a difference for people most in need and help to protect our shared planet.

“Last year alone, the generosity of people shopping at Oxfam, especially at Christmas time, raised enough money to fund life-changing projects that positively impacted the lives of 7.9 million people across 10 countries – including supporting women to develop businesses and earn an income, getting safe, clean water to people in desperate need, and helping communities prepare for extreme weather events.”

In addition to their online shop, Oxfam also offer their Unwrapped gift collection. With Unwrapped, you are guaranteed to find the perfect card – be it for a winter birthday or wedding, or a quick hello or season’s greetings - in support a cause you or your recipient care about, such as climate change or access to education. People can add a personal message to their gift card either online (e-card) or by hand (Oxfam post you out your Unwrapped card). 

McIlwaine concluded: “Why not commit to give something different as one of your gifts this year? Whether that’s your workplace Kris Kringle or family stocking fillers, Oxfam’s online shop and Unwrapped gift range has you covered.” 

Visit the new Oxfam online shop via https://shop.oxfamireland.org/

To see Oxfam’s full range of Unwrapped gifts, visit oxfamireland.org/unwrapped

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Oxfam Ireland online Christmas shop now open

  • Oxfam's online Christmas shop is back this year!

  • Go green and power people this Christmas with Oxfam’s online gift range 

  • Check out our amazing gift range of the latest Tech and gadgets

Oxfam Ireland have officially relaunched their online Christmas shop calling on people to do something precious this Christmas by giving gifts that support both people and planet. 

The charity is calling on the public to shop with purpose this year by visiting their new online pop-up shop to browse their wide range of gifts. Each gift makes a lasting impact by supporting small traders the world over and helping to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty.

This year we also have an incredible range of the latest tech and gadgets available from our Christmas shop

The Sourced by Oxfam range contains an abundance of festive food, gifts and eco-products that are made with care, protect the planet, and help the women and men who produce them to earn a decent living – providing them with a way to lift themselves out of poverty. Present ideas in this year’s gift range include Zaytoun's Extra Virgin Olive Oil (€28). This Fairtrade oil is sourced from family-owned olive groves in Palestine. Zaytoun is an award-winning social enterprise where 100 percent of profits are reinvested into furthering their mission of supporting Palestinian farmers by paying a fair price - enabling them to fund community projects and invest in farming tools. 

Michael McIlwaine, Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail, said: “This Christmas, we’re asking people to give something different by shopping more sustainably on our new online shop. 

“Everything in our range of gifts is guaranteed to last longer than your festive bottle of wine or foodie hamper as all of them contribute to our mission to beat poverty for good by raising vital funds for our work across the world.

“From supporting development projects that transform lives in Rwanda, Tanzania and beyond, to saving lives through emergency responses in places like Yemen – where millions of people already on the brink of famine now face a deadly winter freeze – your gift will make a difference for people most in need and help to protect our shared planet.

“Last year alone, the generosity of people shopping at Oxfam, especially at Christmas time, raised enough money to fund life-changing projects that positively impacted the lives of 7.9 million people across 10 countries – including supporting women to develop businesses and earn an income, getting safe, clean water to people in desperate need, and helping communities prepare for extreme weather events.”

In addition to their online shop, Oxfam also offer their Unwrapped gift collection. With Unwrapped, you are guaranteed to find the perfect card – be it for a winter birthday or wedding, or a quick hello or season’s greetings - in support a cause you or your recipient care about, such as climate change or access to education. People can add a personal message to their gift card either online (e-card) or by hand (Oxfam post you out your Unwrapped card). 

McIlwaine concluded: “Why not commit to give something different as one of your gifts this year? Whether that’s your workplace Kris Kringle or family stocking fillers, Oxfam’s online shop and Unwrapped gift range has you covered.” 

Visit the new Oxfam online shop via https://shop.oxfamireland.org/

To see Oxfam’s full range of Unwrapped gifts, visit oxfamireland.org/unwrapped

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