Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign open letter calling for global access to vaccines

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marked the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic by calling for an end to vaccine inequality.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined more than 130 world leaders, scientists, humanitarians and others to sign The People’s Vaccine open letter and call for an end to ‘vaccine monopolies’ that are hampering global access to the vaccine COVID-19.

“Two years after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic – and in the face of troubling and unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines – we urge world leaders to do what is needed to end this crisis and unite behind a popular vaccine,” the letter read.

The letter criticizes wealthy countries for their handling of the pandemic, specifically calling on the UK, along with the European Union and Switzerland, to “block[ing] the lifting of intellectual property rules that would allow the redistribution and scaling up of COVID-19 vaccines, the manufacture of tests and treatments in countries of the South. »

He also calls the current approach to vaccine access “immoral, entirely self-defeating and also an ethical, economic and epidemiological failure”.

“We call on world leaders to end this strategy of counterproductive nationalism and protection of pharmaceutical monopolies and to finally act with international solidarity,” the letter continued. “Now is the time to renew the commitments made when the World Health Organization was established, where all states agreed to provide “the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every being.” human “.”

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have also invested in the People’s Vaccine Alliance through their Archewell Foundation, with their support going to the coalition’s efforts to “ensure equitable access to vaccines for low- and middle-income countries”, according to the announcement. .

“We are proud to welcome the Archewell Foundation to the Alliance and appreciate their support, alongside Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We will work together to end gender inequality. vaccines and ensure that COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests are available to everyone,” read a statement on Twitter.

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The couple have been strong advocates for global access to vaccines, speaking during appearances at last year’s Global Citizen Live concerts. They also penned their own open letter to leaders attending the G20 summit last October and celebrated their son Archie’s second birthday by securing matching donations to organizations that buy vaccines for those who can’t afford to. pay them.

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