Over 100 world leaders, including 18 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, have signed a letter calling on the international community to make COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide as a “common good”, the Dhaka Yunus Center, founded by the Nobel Peace Prize winner said Mohammad Yunus.
Former presidents, politicians, as well as world-renowned artists and international organizations have joined the initiative. The list includes names such as Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Malala Yousafzai, George Clooney, Thomas Bach and Andrea Bocelli among many others.
“We call on governments, foundations, philanthropists and social enterprises to come forward to produce and / or distribute vaccines worldwide free of charge. We invite all social, political and health entities to reaffirm our collective responsibility for protection of all vulnerable people without any discrimination, “the statement said on Sunday.
The group called on the United Nations Secretary-General, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as religious leaders, corporations and media companies to come together to ensure the availability of COVID- vaccines 19.
“A pandemic clearly exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the health systems in each country and highlights the obstacles and inequalities in access to health care. The effectiveness of the next vaccination campaign will depend on its universality”, adds the press release.
The WHO declared the COVID-19 epidemic a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 10 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with some 500,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.