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Martina Szabo

WHO calls for everyone to join Vaccine Equity Declaration

"The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure – and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries."

—Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General,18 January 2021

The World Health Organization has issued a call to all countries to work together in solidarity – and in each of their best interests – to ensure that within the first 100 days of the year, vaccination of health workers and older people is underway in all countries.

This call to action is at the heart of WHO's campaign for #VaccinEquity.

Join the campaign to call on countries and companies to ensure that by the time World Health Day arrives on 7 April, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in every country, as a symbol of hope for overcoming both the pandemic and the inequalities that lie at the root of so many global health challenges.

This call to action can be fulfilled through supporting COVAX and the ACT Accelerator to equitably distribute vaccines, treatments and diagnostics. The World Economic Forum is a member of the ACT Accelerator's facilitation council. Read more here.

Read and sign the Declaration here.

COVID-19 entrepreneurs: growing alliance and a new roadmap

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, launched in April 2020, is mobilizing support for and raising awareness of the vital role that social entrepreneurs play in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Alliance has now grown to 84 committed members, including Catalyst 2030, Johnson & Johnson, Porticus, SAP, Salesforce and UNDP, which are all providing emergency grants and technical assistance to more than 90,000 social entrepreneurs across the world. These entrepreneurs are helping an estimated 1.9 billion people by providing access to employment, food, affordable energy and other critical services.

Last month, the Alliance launched its 2021 Roadmap during the Davos Agenda on 25 January. Comprising of 21 ambitious, collaborative action projects, each of which is led and delivered by our members, the roadmap supports the on-the-ground operations of our 84 members.

Learn more about the Alliance and read a story about its impact here.