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Declare COVID-19 Vaccine A Global Common Good Now

114 World Leaders including 19 Nobel Laureates, 36 former Chief of State and Governments, Political Leaders, Artistes, International NGOs and Institutions have signed a call initiated by Yunus Centre to declare COVID-19 Vaccines as a global common good.

 

The unified appeal is urging action from governments, foundations, philanthropists and social businesses to come forward to produce and/or distribute the vaccines all over the world for free. We invite all social, political, and health entities to re-affirm our collective responsibility for the protection of ALL vulnerable persons without any discrimination whatsoever.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly exposing the strength and weaknesses of healthcare systems in every country and highlights the obstacles and inequities in gaining access to healthcare. The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality.

 

The signatories are pleading to all world leaders including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director General of the World Health Organization, religious leaders, social and moral leaders, leaders of research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies and the media to join hands and ensure that in the case of a Covid-19 vaccine, we have a global consensus that it must be deployed as a global common good.

 

We invite everyone to join the pledge at  VACCINECOMMONGOOD.ORG .

 

I hope your esteemed institution will do its best to spread this message.

 

Sincerely,

Professor Muhammad Yunus

 
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Covid-19 fallout: Grameen Healthcare Services distributes food to 135 families

Grameen Healthcare Services Limited (GHS) has undertaken a three-month long "Food Support Initiative" to help the families that are in dire need for food and welfare support amid fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

GHS is a social business organisation which has been providing healthcare services to the country's poor and downtrodden population in remote areas for more than a decade and operating four eye hospitals in four different districts – Bogura, Barishal, Thakurgaon, and Satkhira.

As the part of the programme, GHS has already provided 135 families with a maximum 10kg rice, 2kg lentils, 2kg flour, 2kg onion, 5kg potatoes, 2 litres of soybean oil, 1kg salt, 2 soaps and Tk 200 as emergency cash as food and welfare support based on the size of the families.

The organisation is planning to expand the programme to support additional 405 families till June this year.

Three hospitals under GHS have been carrying out the food distribution in Bogura, Barishal and Thakurgaon districts. Since everyone is under lockdown, GHS employees are delivering the food from door to door.

GHS employees have generously donated their one day's salary to help create the fund to support the poor families. To continue the initiative, GHS has created a relief fund to provide food support to the poor and underprivileged families in specific areas for the next three months.

The Daily Star News Published link:

https://www.thedailystar.net/coronavirus-covid-19-fallout-grameen-healthcare-services-distributes-food-135-families-1895683

 
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