Ahead of the G7 Summit, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Goodwill Ambassadors Priyanka Chopra Jonas, David Beckham, Billie Eilish, Katy Perry and many other celebs have signed an open letter to G7 leaders requesting that they donate 20% of their vaccines to underdeveloped and developing nations.
“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,” the letter reads.
According to the statement, the UNICEF analysis shows that “G7 countries will soon have enough doses to donate 20 percent of their vaccines between June and August – over 150 million doses.”
Celebs and global leaders urged the G7 leaders from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US to provide vaccines where they are most needed.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 8, 2021
The open letter, which was published in British newspapers on Tuesday, was signed by several celebs including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, Tea Leoni, Lucy Liu, Alyssa Milano; singers Pink, Liam Payne, Selena Gomez; veteran model Claudia Schiffer; tennis star Andy Murray and many others.
Over 200 world leaders, including former presidents, prime ministers, and cabinet ministers have also joined the campaign urging the rich G7 nations to help vaccinate the world's poorest from low-income economies against COVID-19 by paying two-thirds of an estimated USD 66 billion required.
“The world has spent a year and a half battling the Covid-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential to put us all back where we started. This means more school closures, more healthcare disruptions, and greater economic fallout — threatening the futures of families and children everywhere,” the letter reads.
— David Harewood (@DavidHarewood) June 8, 2021
India has been invited as a guest country to the three-day G7 Summit. Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his travel to the UK and will be joining the summit virtually.