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Michael Palin joins Amnesty call for UK to urgently redistribute Covid-19 doses

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We’re pleased to update you that actor Michael Palin has joined our call to the UK government to urgently share Covid-19 vaccines with Nepal and other countries in urgent need. The press release we issued today is available here:

Michael Palin joins Amnesty call for UK to urgently redistribute Covid-19 doses

 

Thank you to everyone who took actions to support access to vaccines for 1.4 million at-risk population in Nepal, which was followed by an oped  published in "The I" newspaper by Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard.

We received a response from the UK government, acknowledging the needs raised in the UA, but they have not committed to further support in addressing the vaccines gaps for the 1.4 million people waiting for their second jab.

In addition to the ask directed at the UK, we have appealed to the international community—particularly wealthier nations with large vaccines supply—to address the glaring vaccines gap in Nepal amid deadly second wave. As we know this case is symptomatic of lack of equitable access to vaccines, we have asked countries to support long-term solutions like the WTO TRIPS waiver to increase global vaccine supply.

Thankfully, the government of Japan announced on 13 July that they will donate 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Nepal to cover the current gaps for second dose.

In light of this, we have decided to hold off our actions on the UA for now. We will monitor the developments and will close the UA after the vaccines committed by Japan have been delivered to Nepal. As per their initial announcement, the vaccines are expected to be delivered by the end of August 2021.

Thank you again to everyone who took action. No further actions needed for now on the UA. We will update later when we close the UA officially.