A call to declare the COVID-19 vaccine as a 'global common good' was published on Sunday at the initiative of the Yunus Centre.'
The appeal was signed by '105 World Leaders including 18 Nobel Laureates, 32 former Chief of State and Governments, Political Leaders, Artistes, International NGOs and Institutions.
The appeal runs as follows: "A pandemic clearly exposes 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.
We appeal to governments, foundations, philanthropists and social businesses to come forward to produce and/or distribute the vaccines all over the world for free. We invite all social, political, and health entities to re-affirm our collective responsibility for the protection of ALL vulnerable persons without any discrimination whatsoever.
We are pleading to all world leaders including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director General of the World Health Organization, religious leaders, social and moral leaders, leaders of research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies and the media to join hands and ensure that in the case of a COVID-19 vaccine, we have a global consensus that it must be deployed as a global common good.
We invite everyone to join the pledge at VACCINECOMMONGOOD.ORG . "
A COVID-19 vaccine is still under development and testing. Six months after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, over ten million cases were recorded globally, and the death toll has reached 500,000.