The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked their supporters on Thursday to raise money for Covid-19 vaccines.
The appeal was made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they marked the second birthday of their son Archie.
“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,”
said the couple, who have resigned from their royal duties and now reside in California.
They thanked donors for their charitable contributions on Archie’s birthday in a letter written on the website of their Archewell non-profit foundation.
“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.”
“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,” they said, asking for donations for the purchase of vaccines for “families in the world´s most vulnerable places.”
“We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine,” said the couple, who co-hosted a concert to raise funds for vaccines that is due to air on Sunday.
Along with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris will perform at “Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World,” which will also include Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin, and HER.
The initiative, organised by Global Citizen, an international lobbying group, encourages companies to “donate dollars for doses” and G7 nations to exchange excess vaccines.
It also calls for pharmaceutical firms, “like Moderna,” to make vaccines affordable at non-profit rates.
-Agence France Presse