United we stand: mayor of Milan calls for vaccine equity

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Mayor of Milan Guiseppe Sala, along with mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr called for speeding up the vacciantion process in Africa.

The discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 virus was first identified in South Africa and is now rapidly spreading throughout Europe. This is a wake-up call for governments all around the world that no one is safe until everyone is safe.

Mayor Sala stated via social media: “Why is only 7% of the population in Africa fully vaccinated? Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and myself are asking global leaders to take urgent action on Covid-19 vaccine equity and accelerate vaccination in Africa. We call on other African and European mayors to join us”. 

Having in mind the low percentage of vaccination in Africa, health of billions of people is extremely endangered, as well as the economic and social recovery. The impact of the virus can be truly minimised around the globe, but only when (and if)  all residents in Africa and Europe have equal access to vaccines.

After mayor of Milan called for wider participation of both European and African mayors in this process, he got supported by many mayors from Africa and Europe.

Mayor Sala said: „ We are delighted that Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau, Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson Kojiee, Mayor of Lisabon Carlos Moedas and Mayor of Entebbe Fabrice Rulinda have joined our call“.

This is a great example that shows the importance of cooperation between developed countries and those which are still going through that process. 

All African and European city mayors are still warmly encouraged to join this call. To do so, please contact mayorsdialogue@odi.org.uk to add your name.


Photo credit: Beppe Sala/Twitter