• Monday, Jul 06, 2020
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ED: For the common good

  • Published at 08:38 pm June 29th, 2020
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Countries are divided on the issue of how to deal with this pandemic

Numerous world leaders and influential people have come together to appeal to distribute Covid-19 vaccines for free, declaring them a common good.

Indeed, as these signatories have said, it is incumbent upon governments, foundations, philanthropists, and social businesses to play their part by coming forward and producing and distributing vaccines throughout the globe for free. Instead of dodging blame, our collective responsibility to protect all vulnerable persons must be reaffirmed, without any discrimination based on class or creed.

This campaign depends on its universality and a commitment from a large number of stakeholders, and as such can be joined by anyone at vaccinecommongood.org. If ever there was a time for the world to find common ground on an issue, surely it is the coronavirus vaccine.

Nevertheless, as we have seen time and again in the past, getting the world to unite behind a cause for good is easier said than done. Even right now, countries are divided on the issue of how to deal with this pandemic. The United States, once seen as a global leader in creating and disseminating solutions to large global problems, has failed in this regard, with Covid-19 taking a devastating toll there.

Europe too has been ravaged by the coronavirus, and while some nations through strict policies have managed to virtually eliminate the spread, there still looms large the possibility of a return. As such, no one can let their guard down, and no single country now has the moral authority to lead this large.

This appeal, then, which comes from a diverse array of leaders from all over the world with all kinds of backgrounds, can be a force for good in a way that transcends petty politics.

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