Nobel laureates call for COVID-19 vaccines to be made free

More than 100 world leaders, including 18 Nobel peace prize laureates, have signed a letter calling on the international community to make COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide as a “common good,” said the Bangladesh-based Yunus center, founded by Nobel peace prize winner Muhammed Yunus.

“We appeal to governments, foundations, philanthropists, and social companies to take the initiative to produce and/or distribute vaccines worldwide for free. We call on all social, political, and medical organizations to reaffirm our collective responsibility to protect all vulnerable individuals without discrimination,” the statement on the center’s website reads.

The initiative was joined by former presidents, politicians, as well as world-famous artists and Directors, including Nobel peace prize winner and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former European Commission President and former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, actors George Clooney, Matt Damon and Sharon Stone, and many others.

“We call on all world leaders, including the UN Secretary-General, the Director-General of the world health organization, religious social and spiritual leaders, heads of research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the media to join forces and make sure that if we receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we have a global consensus that it should be used as a common good,” the letter says.

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