Portsmouth couple launch campaign to get Covid-19 vaccines overseas

A COUPLE have launched a fundraising campaign to pay for Covid-19 vaccines in impoverished countries.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 10:06 am

Stephen and Janice Lampard, from Portsmouth, recently founded Give a Vaccine, a new initiative designed to combat the inequality in vaccine distributions.

The pair, who live in North End, have started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for coronavirus vaccines in countries such as Uganda or Ethiopia.

Figures suggest that 80 per cent of Covid-19 vaccinations have been bought for 20 per cent of the world’s population, meaning only wealthy countries have access to them.

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Stephen, 64, said: ‘Just a few weeks ago I became aware that although people are keen to have be vaccinated, it has to go global to be effective.

‘Clearly there is a disparity between the countries that can afford the vaccine and those who can’t.

‘While you can’t blame these governments for being on top of sourcing a vaccine, there’s certainly a way to support these struggling countries.’

The news comes after a new Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, was approved for use on December 30.

Under the NHS, all UK residents will be vaccinated – with each vaccination costing the government an average of £15.

Stephen, an architect, and Janice believe that because Brits don’t pay directly for a vaccine, funds should be gathered to support others.

‘We could all contribute to a global vaccine programme, if we all play our part,’ Stephen said.

‘As long as there are people around the world who haven’t been vaccinated, coronavirus will still play a part in our lives.

‘If we can do a bit of good for those less fortunate, and open the conversation, that would be fantastic.’

Having only just been established, the campaign has not become a charity yet, but the couple hope that will soon be on the horizon.

All admin costs will be covered by the pair, who are looking to raise £100,000.

‘It's a huge amount of money, but to achieve this we have to aim high,’ Stephen said.

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