Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are celebrating their son's second birthday by advocating for vaccine access for all.
In an open letter shared on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's nonprofit website, Archewell, the royal couple explained why they're urging their fans and the public to make small donations to help less developed countries gain access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
"We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie's birthday," the Sussexes began. "Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful."
The couple continued, "This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start."
The Sussexes are encouraging individuals to make $5 donations, each of which will cover the cost of a single dose for someone in need. Donations will be made to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which purchases COVID-19 vaccines for those across the world and prioritizes individuals in countries that cannot afford them. With help from Global Citizen, as well as the Seadream Family Foundation and Mastercard Impact Fund, the Sussexes have secured donation matches of up to $3 million.
"We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine. And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can—if you have the means to do so—to bring vaccines to families in the world's most vulnerable places," they wrote.
Concluding their letter, the Sussexes shared, "We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son's birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don't know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect. Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another."
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