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‘Brave’ Prince Harry hailed for ‘bold’ move as Duke confronts ‘dangerous powder keg’

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Prince Harry has been praised for publicly addressing and endorsing an important issue such as vaccine equity. The Duke of Sussex warned it is vital everyone in the world is offered the vaccine against coronavirus to neutralise the pandemic as he presented the Heroes of the Year Award at the GQ Men of the Year ceremony.

Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, believes Harry was “bold” and showed leadership with this move.

The brand and reputation management expert told Express.co.uk: “I think it was a bold and somewhat dangerous move for him to go and address an issue built on such a powder keg.

“He led and he did it with bravery.

“He did the right thing in trying to help people and keep people safe, which was admirable.

“I think this shows he acted like a leader, decisive and with the purpose to protect people, which is what leader do.”

In his speech, delivered from his home in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Prince Harry clearly stated he does not believe anyone in the world is safe from Covid until the whole planet has been offered the vaccine.

He said: “Until every community can access the vaccine, and until every community is connected to trustworthy information about the vaccine, then we are all at risk.

“That’s a common refrain my wife and I have heard in convenings with vaccine experts, heads of industry, community advocates, and global leaders.

“As people sit in the room with you tonight, more than a third of the global population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“That’s more than five billion shots given around the world so far.

“It sounds like a major accomplishment, and in many ways is.

“But there is a huge disparity between who can and cannot access the vaccine.

“Less than two percent of people in the developing world have received a single dose at this point, and many of their healthcare workers are still not even vaccinated.

“We cannot move forward together unless we address this imbalance as one.”

Prince Harry’s message on vaccine equity was fully endorsed by the two scientists he awarded during the GQ event – Dr Catherine Green and Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who led the team that developed the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab in 2020.

After the ceremony, the pair reacted to receiving the award from the Duke of Sussex.

Dr Green told People magazine: “So suddenly Prince Harry is on stage and he said all of the things we wanted to say about the essential necessity to get the vaccine to the world for people irrespectively of their ability to pay. Really important message.” 

Dame Sarah added: “Yes, because we are not going to be safe until everyone is safe, and it is really important to get the vaccine to everyone around the world.”

This wasn’t the first time Prince Harry spoke in favour of vaccine equity.

Earlier this year, Meghan and Harry served as campaign chairs of the VAX LIVE concert organized by Global Citizen in California.

In this role, they led a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds for COVAX — a vaccine-sharing programme co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

And they tied the second birthday of their son Archie Harrison with a fundraising effort for vaccine equity and the worldwide fight against COVID-19.

The campaign was hugely welcomed by their supporters and ended with more than $3million being raised.

Moreover, the couple took part in the concert, with Harry taking centre stage during the live event to thank healthcare workers.

Meghan, who was pregnant at the time, sent a video message from the Sussexes’ home.

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