Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are using the occasion for Archie’s second birthday to push a vaccination campaign across the world.
A message posted to Archewell’s website for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Foundation encouraged visitors to “join us in advocating for vaccine equity,” particularly in poor countries where “the distribution has not actually started yet ”.
“Too many families are still grappling with the impact of this pandemic”, explain the royal couple in their memorandum.
“As some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world communities continue to suffer,” said Markle and Harry. “To date, around 80% of the nearly one billion Covid-19 vaccines that have been administered have been given in richer countries.”
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“While we may think that normalcy is imminent, we remember that in much of the world, and particularly in developing countries, vaccine distribution has not effectively started yet.”
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Markle and Harry have asked people to consider donating “just five dollars (£ 3.60)” and this can help cover “the cost of a dose for someone in need”.
“And because we’ve been able to get matching support from multiple organizations, that $ 5 you donate will automatically turn into $ 20 – covering the cost of four doses. Every dollar counts – not only will it help save lives, but it will help save families and communities, ”the two said in their scribe.
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The Sussexes are currently expecting their second child, a daughter, who is due to be born this summer.
Jessica Napoli of Fox News contributed to this article.
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