Justin Bieber has asked Canadians to show their support for a global COVID-19 response by urging them to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit new funding.
"Canada. We gotta stand up for each other at home and people around the world. Join me and @GlblCtznCAN to help ask @JustinTrudeau to commit to fight coronavirus worldwide with other nations," he said on Twitter on Thursday.
The Canadian singer-songwriter encouraged Global Citizens to take actions ranging from petitions to emails to tweets. The actions call on the Canadian government and other world leaders to protect everyone, everywhere from COVID-19.
Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the health and well-being of communities around the world, including in Canada, but the impact of the pandemic has been especially evident on the world’s poorest communities.
That is why financial investments in the tools needed to address this global health crisis are so vital. But these tools — tests, treatments, and vaccines — must be made available not just for the richest countries, but for people everywhere.
Bieber is joining Global Citizen to call on Canada to fund tests, treatments, vaccines, and urgent humanitarian aid.
Canada. We gotta stand up for each other at home and people around the world. Join me and @GlblCtznCAN to help ask @JustinTrudeau to commit to fight coronavirus worldwide with other nations. Take action here: https://t.co/2DwlvRsK3y#GlobalGoalUnite⭕️— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 11, 2020
Trudeau, alongside Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and other key cabinet members, will decide how COVID-19 relief funds are allocated, which is why Global Citizens need to step up and make their voices heard.
Some of the most important global health agencies need new funding in order to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and ensure an equitable response worldwide, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), among others.
Global Citizen recently launched its Global Goal: Unite For Our Future campaign, which will culminate with a pledging summit on June 27.
The campaign looks to address the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities — including people of colour, those living in extreme poverty, and others facing discrimination.