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Hollywood actor Liam Neeson hails `incredible' generosity of Irish people

Hollywood actor Liam Neeson has hailed the generosity of the Irish public
Marie Louise McConville

HOLLYWOOD actor Liam Neeson has hailed the generosity of the Irish public as he revealed that donations for UNICEF's 'Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine' campaign had passed the two million doses mark.

The Co Antrim-born star, who is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, said he was "so proud" to announce that the Irish public had donated over two million Covid-19 vaccine dose deliveries.

The 69-year-old action hero was speaking ahead of his appearance on RTE's The Late, Late Show tomorrow night.

The charity campaign means that every time someone gets a vaccine, they also donate a vaccine to healthcare workers and vulnerable people in some of the world's least developed countries.

Having launched the campaign in June, Mr Neeson said the response by the Irish people had been "incredible".

"The pandemic has shown us that we are all in this together," he said.

"And the generous response to UNICEF's Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine campaign in Ireland has been so inspiring to witness and be part of. I think we are all so grateful for our vaccines and for life slowly returning to normal.

"When you think that just €25 can help UNICEF deliver enough vaccines for five of the world's most vulnerable people. It is an amazing gift to give.

"It shows that we can all play our part in ending the pandemic".

The Ballymena actor asked people and companies in Ireland to "keep supporting UNICEF and the fight against COVID-19.

"A donation to UNICEF means that vaccines get to the most remote and isolated places in the world, vaccines are stored safely using secure cold chain equipment, health workers are vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 and vulnerable families and children receive the life-saving care they need to survive," he said.

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