Two-time champion Fernando Alonso is among celebrities who signed a letter requesting vulnerable countries to donate COVID-19 vaccines. The message was addressed to the G7, or “Group of Seven”, which was formed by the world’s most industrialized countries – Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, which became the 11th and See you between 13 June.
According to the United Nations (UN), the G7 is expected to provide 20% of its surplus vaccines against the coronavirus by August, totaling around 150 million doses. The organization believes that 1 billion vaccine donations could be made by December.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine driver, at the Azerbaijan GP – Photo: Dan Istiten – Formula 1 / Formula 1 via Getty Images
In addition to Alonso, the list includes the signings of former football player David Beckham, basketball star Pau Gasol and tennis player Andy Murray. UNICEF ambassadors represented in the letter are artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Katy Perry.
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 have the potential to bring us back to where we started. That means more school closures, more disruption to the health system and more dire economic consequences – warned the letter.
Covax Mechanism, a global coalition for the acquisition and distribution of vaccines in 92 socio-economically vulnerable countries – among which Brazil is also – is suffering from a shortage of 190 million doses against Covid-19, the reasons for carrying out the letter is one of.
UNICEF justifies that data analysis promoted by Airfinity, the organization for the Life Sciences Research Center, shows that the donation will not affect the vaccination plan of G7 member states.