Dear G20 leaders: Vaccine equity is a must for Africa

Downloaded on November 28, 2021

Dear G20 leaders,

At the COVID-19 Summit held at the United Nations recently, world leaders set a target that every country should vaccinate 70 per cent of its population. Many rich countries are on track, yet only a fraction of Africans are fully vaccinated.

This inequity is unjust — and self-defeating. It leaves Africans — and the whole world — at the mercy of the virus. Unchecked, it can create new and more dangerous variants.

Rich nations have pledged to donate over a billion vaccines this year and hundreds of millions more in 2022. This gives us hope. But Africa cannot wait. We need doses now.

We call on you to donate doses by December, along with resources to turn vaccines into vaccinations — to train healthcare workers, equip them with personal protection, and the infrastructure to store and transport vaccines.

The stakes could not be higher. Every day Africa remains unprotected, pressure builds on fragile health systems where there can be one midwife for hundreds of mothers and babies. As the pandemic causes a spike in child malnutrition, resources are diverted from life-saving health services and childhood immunization. Children already orphaned risk losing grandparents. Disaster looms for Sub-Saharan African families, four out of five of whom rely on the informal sector for their daily bread. Poverty threatens children’s return to school, protection from violence and child marriage.

Every day we wait risks a tragic reversal of hard-won development gains.

Remember the relief you felt when you got your first dose, when you could hug your elders, see life get back on track for your children. Africa needs this too.

The path out of the pandemic is clear. But we can only get out together. Please donate doses by December.

Letter signatories:


Ramla Ali

Tendai Mtawarira

Femi Kuti

Serge Ibaka

Niu Raza

Brian “B-Flow” Bwembya

Angel McCoughtry

Fabrice Ondoa

Djaili Amadou Amal

Extra Musica


Aminata Makou Traore

J. Romeo Togba

Leo “IPORTAY” Bright

The Most Rev. Bishop
Albert Chama



Esther Chungu

Maps Maponyane

Winnie Byanyima

Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki

Teacher Wanjiku

Edi Gathegi



Grace Hawa Weah

Yeama Sarah Thompson

Tilka Paljk

Cobhams Asuquo

Lebohang Masango

Rev. Dr. Master 
Obolotswe Matlhaope

Abdul Fatoma

His Eminence
John Cardinal Onaiyekan

Angelique Kidjo

Kindo Armani

Sarah Myriam Mazouz


Bideew Bou Bess

Tony Elumelu

Sekouba Bambino

Asmaa James

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

Sam Samourai

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta

Hamzo Bryn

Fantacee Wiz

Shadrach “Trille” Wisner

His Eminence
Sheikh Shaban Mubajje

Kate Henshaw

El Hadji Assane Gueye

Arlo Parks

Originally published at

Deixe um comentário

O seu endereço de e-mail não será publicado. Campos obrigatórios são marcados com *

Related Posts