The United Nations (UN) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have jointly called for unity in scaling up efforts to develop, test and scale-up production of safe, effective and affordable treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19.
They’re calling for a spirit of global solidarity to ensure that no-one is left behind, pointing the fact that COVID-19 has disproportionately effected vulnerable groups and individuals globally.
They also call for a people’s vaccine that protects both affluent cities and rural communities, the old in care homes and young people in refugee camps.
The UN and IRCRC believe a global social contract for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19 is a moral imperative that brings everyone together in our shared humanity.
President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated earlier, that a COVID-19 vaccine must be patent free, rapidly made and distributed and free for all, calling for all the science to be shared between governments.
The two groups also warned that the commitment towards the current pandemic should be accompanied by an equal global collaboration to sustain immunizations against other preventable diseases.
The video below takes a look at global numbers of COVID-19: