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celebrity advocacy with the G7

An open letter that sounds like a warning. About thirty celebrities called on Tuesday, June 8, members of the G7 to give poor countries doses of the vaccine against Covid-19, as their summit approaches, from Friday to Sunday in Cornwall, in the southwest from England.

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These entertainment and sports celebrities urge in an open letter the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, Germany and the United States to commit to sharing in emergency with poor countries at least 20% of the supply of doses of vaccine against Covid-19.

“Send us all back to where we started”

With an expected donation of more than 150 million doses between June and August, the aim is to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and the threat of mutant strains, underlines their call.

“The world has spent a year and a half fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading to many countries and producing new variants that may send us all back to where we started”, warns the letter. “This means more school closures, more disruption in healthcare and an even greater downfall in the economy – threatening the future of families and children around the world.”, warn the authors.

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Among the signatories, often goodwill ambassadors for the UN children’s agency Unicef, are actors and actresses Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Whoopi Goldberg, and singers Katy Perry and Angélique Kidjo. Football stars, such as David Beckham or Sergio Ramos, car racing (Fernando Alonso) or tennis (Andy Murray) have also contributed to this appeal to the seven richest countries on the planet.

The World with AFP