The Duke of Sussex made a virtual presentation at the awards to present the award behind Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Catherine Green and the team. Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.
In his speech, he called on the government of Boris Johnson and other governments in the vicinity. World Do your best to vaccinate poor countries.
“Unless every community has access to the vaccine and unless every community is connected to reliable information about the vaccine, we are all at risk,” he warned.
Duke said people were “overwhelmed by misinformation”, which led to job hesitation.
“As people sit in the room with you tonight, more than a third of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. These are the more than five billion shots given worldwide so far.
“It sounds like a huge success and in many ways it is, but there is a big difference between who can access the vaccine and who can’t.
“Less than 2% of people in the developing world currently receive a single dose. And many healthcare workers have not yet been vaccinated.
“We cannot move forward until we address this imbalance as one. At the same time, families around the world are being overwhelmed by the massive misinformation on the news media and social media. , Where people suffering from lies and fear are creating vaccine reluctance, leading to fragmented communities and loss of trust.
“It’s a system we need to break if we want to overcome Covid 19 and eliminate the threat of new forms.”
Oxford / AstraZeneca team ‘proud of our nation’
The team of scientists behind the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine has been described by Prince Harry as a “supreme hero”.
He is the pride of our nation and we are indebted to him for his service. For the rest of us, including global governments, pharmaceutical leaders and business leaders, we must continue to play our part.
“This includes sharing vaccine science and supporting and empowering developing countries with more flexibility. Where you were born should not affect your ability to survive when you have the medicine and information to keep you alive and well.
The awards ceremony was attended by some of Britain’s biggest stars, including singer Ed Sheeran, actor Ridge Jane Page and England manager Gareth Southgate.
Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar, Dame Vivian Westwood and Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino were also honored.