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Bono recruits Penelope Cruz and David Oyelowo for animated Covid vaccine series

Bono recruits Penelope Cruz and David Oyelowo for animated Covid vaccine series
/ Cover Media

Rocker and activist Bono has recruited Penelope Cruz, Michael Sheen, and David Oyelowo to lend their voices to a new animated series promoting the importance of access to vaccines.

The U2 frontman has launched Pandemica through his ONE global health and anti-poverty charity, and the series will also feature characters voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, Phoebe Robinson and Wanda Sykes.

The seven-episode series features the stars as various characters as they highlight the lack of coronavirus vaccines available to people in many of the world's poorest countries.

"Pandemica's animated world animates a simple truth - that where you live shouldn't determine whether you get these life-saving shots," Bono shared in a statement.

"Even while many of us still wait our turn, we need to commit to making sure that billions of people around the world aren't left at the back of the line. It's the right thing to do, obviously, but it's also the only way out of this pandemic for all of us. If the vaccine isn't everywhere, this pandemic isn't going anywhere."

"We're all trapped in Pandemica, but only some can get out," Oyelowo said as he discussed the series.

"This virus thrives on inequality, and right now billions of people around the world are seeing the promise of a vaccine, but not the opportunity to receive it. We must step up and do what it takes to end this pandemic for everyone, everywhere."

All episodes are available to view on the ONE campaign's YouTube channel.


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