Prince Harry makes passionate vaccine plea during surprise GQ Awards appearance

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Prince Harry addressed the need to vaccinate people in poorer countries and "masses of misinformation" surrounding the the Covid-19 jab as he made a surprise virtual appearance at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.

The Duke of Sussex spoke at the ceremony on Wednesday evening as he presented the "Heroes" award to the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Professor Catherine Green.

In his speech, the 36 year old called on the government to do more to help those in need access the vaccine without fear and hesitancy across the globe.

"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," he said.

Harry continued: "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 it is, but there is a huge disparity between who can and cannot access the vaccine.

"We cannot move forward together unless we address this imbalance as one," he added.

Harry also noted that people around the world were being "overwhelmed by masses of misinformation" from outlets such as "news media and social media where those who peddle in lies and fear are creating vaccine hesitancy".

The California based royal added that it was that hesitancy that "divided communities and eroded trust."

"This is a system we need to break if we are to overcome Covid-19 and the risk of new variants," he said.

Speaking directly about Professors Gilbert and Green, Harry hailed them as "heroes of the highest order".

"They are our nation's pride, and we are deeply indebted to their service. For the rest of us, including global governments, pharmaceutical leaders and heads of business, we have to keep doing our part.

"That must include sharing vaccine science and supporting and empowering developing countries with more flexibility. Where you are born should not affect your ability to survive when the drugs and know-how exist to keep you alive and well."

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