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UNICEF And Celebrities Appeal To G7 Countries: Donate COVID Vaccinations ‘Now’


From David Beckham to Whoopi Goldberg and
Angelique Kidjo, Ambassadors for the UN Children’s Fund
(UNICEF) and other agencies, have signed an
open
letter
to the upcoming G7 Summit of
world leaders, underscoring the urgency of suppling vaccine
donations now.

“We’re asking you to make
these urgent donations by August and to set out a roadmap to
scale up donations as supplies increase”, wrote the
celebrities, influencers and activists.

Priyanka
Chopra Jonas and Billie Eilish were among those highlighting
that the Summit provides a vital opportunity for the G7
intergovernmental group of leading countries to agree
actions that will get COVID-19 vaccines
“where they are most needed, fast”.

Threatening
variants

Despite spending a year and a half battling
the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus continues to spread in many
countries, producing new variants that threaten to undo all
the progress so far, with more school closures, healthcare
disruptions and greater economic fallout, the letter
explained.

“The pandemic will not be over anywhere
until it is over everywhere, and that means getting vaccines
to every country, as quickly and equitably as possible”,
said Ramla Ali, José Manuel Calderón and Lucy Liu as
signatories.

Wasted shots danger

UNICEF has warned that
millions of vaccines could be wasted if rich countries send
large amounts of unused doses to poorer nations at the same
time, explaining that there needs to be a steady supply
throughout the year as poor countries lack the resources to
get them in arms all at once.

Although UNICEF is
already delivering vaccines on behalf of the UN-led vaccine
equity initiative COVAX,
it is 190 million dosesshort, leaving vulnerable people
dangerously unprotected. And while some countries have
committed to donating vaccines later this year, they are
urgently needed “now”, they said.

According to
UNICEF’s analysis, G7 countries will soon have enough
doses to donate around 20 per centof their vaccines
between June and August – equivalent to more than 150
million doses – without significantly delaying current
plans to vaccinate their adult populations.

“The
hopes of the world rest on your shoulders. Together, you
must rise to this challenge. Let’s build a healthier,
brighter and fairer future for every child and for
everyone”, the letter concluded.

Other stars who
signed the letter include Orlando Bloom, Gemma Chan, Olivia
Colman, Pau Gasol, Juan Manuel López Iturriaga, Liam
Neeson, Katy Perry and Claudia Schiffer. For the full list,
click here.

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