Nobel prize winners appeal to declare COVID-19 vaccines ‘common good’

09:27, 29 June 2020 662
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Over 100 global leaders, including 18 Nobel winners, have appealed to declare COVID-19 vaccines a global common good so that the vaccines can be produced and distributed for free, The Economic Times reports referring to the Yunus Centre.

The unified appeal is urging action from governments, foundations, philanthropists, and social businesses to come forward to produce and distribute the vaccines all over the world for free, reads the statement.

The pandemic is clearly exposing the strength and weaknesses of healthcare systems in every country and highlights the obstacles and inequities in gaining access to healthcare. The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality, it said.

The notable signatories include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, US actors and social activists Matt Damon, George Clooney, Forest Whitaker, and Sharon Stone.

We urge the World Health Organization to design a World Action Plan on the COVID-19 vaccine. We appeal to them to set up an international committee responsible for monitoring the vaccine research and to assure equal access to the vaccine for all countries and all people within a publicly announced pre-determined time frame, the appeal said.

The signatories have pleaded to all world leaders, including the secretary-general of the UN, director-general of the World Health Organization, religious leaders, leaders of research laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes a reality, it reaches to everybody for free. earlier reported that coronavirus vaccine trials were launched in Africa.