Source: Amnesty International –
Amnesty International and actor Michael Palin are urgently calling on the UK government to redistribute Covid-19 vaccines to ensure that those most at risk – no matter where they live – can receive a life-saving jab, as Nepal and many other countries continue to battle with a catastrophic health crisis.
In Nepal, more than 1.4 million at-risk people received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in March and were due their second jab in early June. However, expected supplies did not reach the country due to the global shortage of vaccines so this deadline was extended to July. Following an appeal to the international community, Japan has committed to fill this gap. But unless the world does more, the lack of access to Covid-19 vaccines will continue to put Nepal and many other countries behind in the fight against Covid-19.
Michael Palin, who has joined Amnesty International’s urgent call, said:
“Having travelled in Nepal and met so many of their people, I am devastated that more than a million lives in Nepal are at risk. I am calling on the UK government to share its vaccine supply immediately with Nepal and other countries where those most at-risk have yet to have access to Covid-19 vaccines.”
I am calling on the UK government to share its vaccine supply immediately with Nepal and other countries where those most at-risk have yet to have access to Covid-19 vaccines