The past few months have been intense, but it has united the world. It’s simply about humanity and this resonates across the human race. In the face of a common enemy, artificial structures erected to differentiate us — race, color, culture — have become insignificant.Leonor CalaçaUnited Kingdom
My mother is a nurse, she’s 65 and I’m afraid of her catching COVID-19. She goes to work so she can help others. Although I’m afraid my mother might get ill, I’m so proud of the work she is doing and how she worries about those in need. If we all do our parts, we’ll get through this.Trina FergusonCanada
In Vancouver at 7pm, some of the hospitals have a shift change. A huge movement has started where people have been standing on their balconies and banging pots and pans, cheering, clapping, holding signs, blowing horns, to cheer on these incredible personnel.
I take the opportunity to thank everyone who works for the benefit of the community — be it doctors, nurses, pharmacists, employees in food markets, drivers in the public transportation, employees in airports, and each and every one who puts the public interest as a priority.Petr RozekCzech Republic
My father in law, in his late 80s with poor mobility but a strong will to help which was created during his WWII childhood, asked us to lend him our sewing machine. In one night, he learned to use it and now produces dozens of facemasks for his neighbours, for free.Beatrice LefortMauritius
COVID-19 has set off a wave of environmental, social, clinical, and economic crisis. However, it has also pushed us to reconsider our behaviour and actions towards each other. It makes us realise that we are all in this together. It’s all of us, against this disease.
People all over the world are standing in solidarity with each other to fight coronavirus, but the virus keeps moving fast.
The pandemic will inevitably wreak its worst on the communities and countries that are least able to withstand the shock. Let’s stand with the most vulnerable whether they live across the street or across the ocean.
We are one world and it’s time to fight for humanity against the virus. Sign our petition telling governments that a global pandemic demands a global response.
Dear President Trump and Congressional Leaders,
The world needs a Pandemic Response Plan to:
- Protect the vulnerable, support essential workers, and make a vaccine available to everyone
- Support people worst hit economically
- Strengthen health systems so we’re ready if this happens again
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Alongside some of the biggest names in music, we’re standing together to beat COVID-19. Let’s fight and win together, because nobody is safe until everybody is safe.
In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and MTV Base, “Stand Together” is a solidarity anthem featuring some of Africa’s biggest music stars: 2Baba, Ahmed Soultan, Ben Pol, Teni, Yemi Alade, Amanda Black, Stanley Enow, Gigi La Mayne, Prodigio and Betty G.
The song has been produced by Nigerian producer Cobhams Asuquo and the artists, named “African Artists Unite” represent multiple parts of the continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon, Angola, Ethiopia, and Morocco.
We need to prepare for the future in order to defeat coronavirus and future global health threats. That means building the capacity of all countries to prevent, detect and respond to global health threats. None of us is safe unless all of us are safe.
- Why the world needs a Pandemic Response Plan (pdf)
- Why the G20 must provide debt relief for the poorest countries (pdf)
- Vaccines and Treatment: The Exit Strategy (pdf)
- How to ensure emergency funds reach those in need (pdf)
- Why the G20 should provide a multilateral debt standstill for the poorest countries(pdf)