To have a greater influence and reach, Hollywood stars and experts had joined forces to spread information about the coronavirus.

Beginning with actress Julia Roberts, she and other Hollywood stars will lend their social media account to experts as a platform for them to speak what is needed to be heard to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

With the #PassTheMic campaign, Roberts has given Dr. Anthony Fauci, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the chance to speak out on what relevant actions should be done amidst the pandemic.

Fauci stressed that developed nations have the moral obligation to help developing nations to fight the spread and mitigate the effects the coronavirus.

“Fundamental problem that we have to deal with and that is the extraordinary health disparities in the developing world. Right now, in if you take Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, South America and even parts of the Caribbean as areas that do not have the health care system to be able to respond the way one can respond in New York or LA or New Orleans or Chicago,” said Fauci.

“We really have a moral responsibility for people throughout the world, I mean if you’re in a developed world, you know and we did that when we developed a PEPFAR program,” he added. 

U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and supports more than 14.6 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We felt that we had a responsibility to the developing world that they should not suffer more or more easily just because where they happen to have been born,” Fauci added.  

Dr. Fauci

The #PassTheMic campaign is part of the ONE World Campaign and calls “for a global response to COVID-19 that protects the most vulnerable, supports people worst hit economically, strengthens health systems, and creates a more just and equal world.”

It’s run by ONE, a global campaign to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Rainn Wilson, and Penelope Cruz, plus others are set to give experts a chance to speak out on what actions to take in these trying times.


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