Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Swedish teenager contributes €100,000

Diplomatic Correspondent

21 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Swedish teenager contributes €100,000

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated 100,000 Euros to boost global efforts to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to anyone, anywhere, who needs them.

The contribution from her foundation to the WHO Foundation will support the COVAX Facility to provide vaccines to people in need and comes as cases worldwide rose for an eighth consecutive week. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Monday.

Speaking during WHO’s regular media briefing from Geneva, Greta Thunberg urged the international community to address the “tragedy” of vaccine inequity, describing COVAX as the best path forward to ensuring equal distribution of these medicines and the way out of the global crisis.

The Swedish teenager underscored the links between the pandemic and the climate emergency. “Science shows that in the future, we will most likely experience more frequent and more devastating pandemics unless we drastically change our ways and the way treat nature,” Thunberg said.

 

“We can no longer separate the health crisis from the ecological crisis, and we cannot separate the ecological crisis from the climate crisis. It’s all interlinked in many ways.”

While the rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines has shown what countries can achieve when they invest in science, Thunberg noted that most doses have gone to higher-income nations.

 The Swedish teenager found it “completely unethical” that wealthier nations were now vaccinating younger, healthy citizens “if that happens at the expense of people in risk groups and on the frontlines in low and middle-income countries.”  


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