Meghan Markle & Prince Harry promote COVID-19 vaccine equity at Global Citizen Live!

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry promote COVID-19 vaccine equity at Global Citizen Live!

The former royal couple made their first public appearance since daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana was born in June. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their first public appearance at the Global Citizen Live in Central Park. They did in their scheduled trip to New York. 

The former royal couple talked about the importance of COVID-19 vaccine equity. Many artists joined a 24-hour broadcast from cities around to demand "G7 countries and the European Union to share at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses with those most in need and support calls for a waiver on COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights."

 "Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine. That's the point, but that's not happening," Meghan said. 

"And while in this country and many others, you can go almost anywhere and get vaccinated, billions of people around the world cannot," she continued. "This year, the world's expected to produce enough doses to meet the target of vaccinating 70% of people in every single country. But it is wrong that so much of the vaccine supply has only gone to just 10 wealthy nations so far, and not everyone else. It's just not OK."

"Guys, we have what we need to vaccinate the world, but the experts told us, here's what's getting in the way," her husband, Harry, added. "They said many countries are ready to produce vaccines at home, yet they aren't allowed to, because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them. These countries have the means, the ability, and the workers to start manufacturing. All they're waiting for is the vaccine intellectual property to be waived and for the vaccine technology to be transferred over. And by the way, many of these vaccines were publicly funded. They are your vaccines, you paid for them."

"So, global citizens, we ask you tonight, do you think we should start treating access to the vaccine as a basic human right?" Harry concluded. "When we start making decisions through that lens, where every single person deserves equal access to the vaccine, then we can achieve what is needed together, for all of us."

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