COVID-19 is now a man-made pandemic of apathy, writes the CARE foundation in an open letter signed by dozens of music and film stars. Celebrities call for speeding up the immunization program in poor and developing countries to end the coronavirus pandemic once and for all.
“Only two percent of people in low- and middle-income countries, where almost 4.5 billion people live, have been vaccinated against the virus. Millions have died, thousands are still dying, and yet vaccines remain beyond the reach of the billions,” the letter reads.
The stars appeal to the United Nations
The stars demand “global leaders gathered at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly to produce seven billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021 and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.”
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To achieve this goal, CARE calls for investment in “last mile delivery systems”, public education and healthcare workers at the forefront of the fight against the virus. “Millions of doses could be wasted because poor countries do not have the support they need to deliver vaccines to vulnerable people,” the letter said.
“We can save millions of lives and trillions of economic losses if we meet this moment with the political will and resources needed to end COVID-19 everywhere and for everyone. Because none of us are safe until we are all,” recalls the letter.
The stars appeal to the rulers
The text was signed by stars such as Richard Gere, Anne Hathaway, Ciara, Eva Longoria and Peter Dinklage. You can also sign the petition yourself, which is addressed to President Joe Biden.
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CARE was founded in 1945, “as the world began to heal from the ruins of World War II … Seven decades later, this simple idea evolved from distributing surplus food rations to a global mission to empower women and girls and ultimately eliminate poverty in every corner of the globe “- informs the foundation.
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