Celebrities sign open letter to help end COVID-19 pandemic

It has been two years since the pandemic hit—two years of losing loved ones and two years of the economy being brought to its knees. The COVID-19 vaccine might have been the light at the end of the tunnel, but cases are still trending up thanks to the more contagious Delta variant.

Perhaps, it is for this reason that seventy entertainers signed an open letter to world leaders asking them to help stifle the spread of the pandemic. The open letter was organized by CARE, and the org’s global advocate Iman pulled in notable celebrities to this cause.

Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Michelle Williams, Richard Gere, Tony Goldwyn, Anne Lennox, Debra Messing, Ciara, and Russel Wilson were among the seventy notable names signed on the open letter.

The letter was first published by the New York Times Tuesday morning, a time that coincided with President Joe Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly and the global COVID-19 Summit.

The open letter pleaded with world leaders to conform to the goal charted by the World Health Organization of providing adequate vaccines for at least 70 percent of the World’s population by 2020. Part of the letter read, “We are joining with CARE to call on global leaders to make 7 billion vaccine doses available before the end of 2021, and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to fully vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.”

Additionally, the letter urged that infrastructure and resources be provided in countries with limited resources, by focusing on frontline workers and through investment in public education and delivery systems. The letter continued, “To get this done, the world community must also invest in last-mile delivery systems, public education and frontline health care workers to get vaccines from tarmacs into arms. Millions of doses could go to waste because of low-income countries don’t have support they need to get vaccines to vulnerable people.”

And true to the words of this letter, “None of us are safe until all of us are safe.” The letter calls upon the public to join in the mission by signing the petition by texting EVERYWHERE to 52886 or visiting care.org/EndCOVIDEverywhere.

The complete list of signatories is below.

  • Adam Shankman
  • Adam Shulman
  • Adina Porter
  • Adriana Barraza
  • Alexandra Daddario
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Ana Ortiz
  • Anders Holm
  • Anja Manuel
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Annie Lennox
  • April Reign
  • Bellamy Young
  • Bobby Berk
  • Catherine McCord
  • Christina Ochoa
  • Christy Turlington Burns
  • Ciara
  • Connie Britton
  • Curtis Stone
  • Debbie Allen
  • Debra Messing
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Dorothy Amuah
  • Duff Goldman
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Ellie Krieger
  • Esther Lewis
  • Eva Longoria
  • Fiona Gubelmann
  • Gabby Williams
  • Gloria Calderón Kellett
  • Hannah Skvarla
  • Helen Pankhurst
  • Holland Roden
  • Idina Menzel
  • Iman
  • Ingrid Hoffmann
  • Iskra Lawrence
  • Jessica Pimentel
  • Joel McHale
  • Jordana Brewster
  • Julianna Margulies
  • Julie Plec
  • Karamo Brown
  • Kelley Wolf
  • Kim Coates
  • Kimberly Locke
  • Kimberly Steward
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  • Laura Linney
  • Laura Vandervoort
  • Leven Rambin
  • Lola Lennox
  • Madison Cowan
  • Malin Ackerman
  • Melinda Doolittle
  • Michael Sheen
  • Michelle Williams
  • Morena Baccarin
  • Omar Sharif Jr.
  • Osas Ighodaro
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Rachel Zoe
  • Richard Gere
  • Russell Wilson
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Scott Wolf
  • Sepideh Moafi
  • Sheila Shah
  • Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
  • Spike Mendelsohn
  • Tamera Mowry-Housley
  • Tan France
  • Tena Clark
  • Todd Snyder
  • Tony Goldwyn
  • Troian Bellisario
  • Yvette Nicole Brown
  • Zac Posen
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