The promotion of equitable global access to vaccines as part of the fight against Covid-19 will also take place on football pitches. The WHO and FIFA have announced an alliance to promote the ACT Accelerator, a system set up a year ago to accelerate access to tools to fight the virus.
« We call on the international community to join forces and ensure equity in access to vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests worldwide, » pleaded Fifa President Gianni Infantino at the announcement of the partnership.
And it is with the World Cup of Football Clubs which opens this Thursday in Doha (Qatar), that these good intentions should materialize.
An awareness-raising campaign featuring players, coaches and legends of the sporting body will be launched and broadcast worldwide. For the head of the WHO, « the principle of fairness is the foundation of football and all other sports, and the same must be true for health ».
This alliance is not the first of its kind between the two organizations. At the beginning of the pandemic, the two organisations had launched joint awareness campaigns, which were broadcast in stadiums and on television around the world.