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Beckham, Perry, Ramos others urge G7 to share COVID-19 vaccines with poor nations



NEARLY 30 celebrities, from football Icon David Beckham to singers Katy Perry, Billie Eilish have today called on the G7 to share COVID-19 vaccines with poorer countries ahead of a summit in Britain this weekend.

  The entertainment and sports figures urged the seven countries, France, Italy, the UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, and the United States to pledge at least 20 per cent of their supply between June and August, amounting to 150 million doses.

  Disclosing this in a statement, the celebrities expressed concerns over the continued spread of the virus despite sustained fight for about a year and half now.

  “The world has spent a year and a half battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential to put us all back where we started.” The message warned.

  According to them, “this means more school closures, more healthcare disruptions, and greater economic fall-out  threating the futures of families and children everywhere.

  Among the other signatories on the letter, which included a number of UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, were actors Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Whoopi Goldberg.

  Singers Billie Eilish and Angelique Kidjo plus football star, Sergio Ramos, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso and tennis star, Andy Murray also signed the letter.

  Britain is hosting the G7 summit in Cornwall in southwestern England starting Friday.

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