Prince HarryPrince HarryPrince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic Global Citizen Live concert raises .1 billion to fight poverty Prince Harry, Meghan Markle urge worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines MORE, the Duke of Sussex, is blasting "mass scale misinformation" in the media and online, which he blames for creating COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
The 36-year-old member of Britain's royal family spoke out about vaccine equity while appearing Wednesday at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.
Harry, appearing remotely from California, told viewers, "There is a huge disparity between who can and cannot access the vaccine. Less than two percent of people in the developing world have received a single dose at this point, and many of their health care workers are still not even vaccinated."
"We cannot move forward together unless we address this imbalance as one," he said.
"At the same time, families around the world are being overwhelmed by mass scale misinformation across news media and social media," Harry continued, "Where those who peddle in lies and fear are creating vaccine hesitancy, which in turn is dividing communities and eroding trust."
"This is a system we need to break if we are to overcome COVID-19 and the rise of new variants," he said.
Harry's comments came as he presented the night's Heroes of the Year award to the team behind the development of the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
It's not the first time Harry's railed against misinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic. In May, he called out Joe Rogan after the podcast host made controversial comments that "healthy" young people don't need to be vaccinated. Rogan announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The issue is like, in today’s world, with misinformation just endemic, you’ve got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth when it comes to that,” Harry said, urging against vaccines becoming a political football.
"So many things have been politicized over the years but when we're talking about life and death — which is what we're talking about now — vaccines cannot be politicized," Harry said.