We are struggling to stop this pandemic because we don’t yet have sufficient tests, proven treatments, or a vaccination against the coronavirus. This virus affects us all; it doesn’t respect borders. We are connected in our fight against this disease, and I believe our common humanity must shine through in our response.
I believe in helping those who need it most. Whether it’s masks or ventilators now, or treatments and vaccines in the future, health workers and the most vulnerable must be given priority access—regardless of where they live or their ability to pay.
I believe our governments should work together and support the international organizations leading the response to this pandemic: the WHO, UN agencies, as well as CEPI and Gavi, who will develop and distribute a life-saving vaccine in a fair and equitable manner.
As long as coronavirus is somewhere, it concerns people everywhere. If we work together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger, more united, and safer.
We’re in this fight together.
By reminding us that we are all part of one global community, the COVID-19 pandemic has also called us to action. We must answer this global threat with a truly global response, one that brings the whole world together to ensure that equipment, drugs, and vaccines are developed and distributed equitably. Our success depends on solidarity.
The discovery of life-saving solutions to COVID-19 will likely come from laboratories and research centres all over the world. The ability to share these solutions fairly and protect those most at risk must be a collective commitment. As I’ve seen from my experiences combatting both AIDS and Ebola, the global community must work together to ensure equal access and treatment to COVID-19 for people everywhere, no matter where they live.