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African and European Mayors' Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

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The discovery of the Covid-19 Omicron/ B1.1.529 variant - first identified in South Africa but now rapidly spreading in Europe and beyond - is a wake-up call for governments everywhere that no one is safe until everyone is safe.

That only 9% of the population in African countries is fully vaccinated is endangering the health of billions as well as hampering the economic and social recovery.

As mayors of African and European cities we are leading the frontline response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We can make a real difference to minimise the impact of Covid-19 in our cities, but only if and when all urban residents in Africa and Europe have equal access to vaccines.

We ask global leaders to take urgent action to improve access to vaccines for all and specifically to accelerate vaccination in Africa, where rates are the lowest in the world.

Mayor Yvonne Aki- Sawyerr – Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mayor Giuseppe Sala – Milan, Italy

Mayor Ada Colau – Barcelona, Spain

Mayor Jefferson Koijee – Monrovia, Liberia

Mayor Carlos Moedas – Lisbon, Portugal

Mayor Fabrice Rulinda – Entebbe, Uganda

Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland – Dublin, Ireland

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago – Kampala, Uganda

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda – Ethekwini (Durban), South Africa

Mayor Marvin Rees – Bristol, United Kingdom

Lord Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda – Kanifing, The Gambia

Mayor Mathias De Clercq – Ghent, Belgium

Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann – Frankfurt, Germany

Supporting organisations

Global Parliament of Mayors – The Hague, the Netherlands

Mayors Migration Council


All African and European city mayors are warmly encouraged to join this call. Please contact [email protected] to add your name.