The UN head criticized the unfair and widely uneven distribution of the coronavirus vaccines and pointed out that only ten countries have administered 75% percent of shots. On Wednesday, while addressing a high-level meeting of the global agency’s Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as many as 130 countries have not received a single shot.
He added, “At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.” Moreover, he called for a global vaccine distribution plan and to bring together with the power, including vaccine producers, scientists, and government, to ensure a fair and even vaccine rollout.
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The head of the global agency asked the world’s twenty most powerful economies to immediately establish a task force aimed at bringing together the key industries, pharmaceutical companies, and other important logistical actors. Earlier on Friday, Guterres stated that the seven powerful economies can create momentum to mobilize financial resources for global inoculation.
Separately, this month, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who also holds the presidency of the Security Council, called for an immediate ceasefire and conflict-hit regions and to allow the delivery of coronavirus doses. He further maintained that a total of 160 million people across the world are at risk of being sidelined from the inoculation drive, primarily because they live in areas engulfed in crisis and conflict, including Libya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.
The British ambassador to the United Nations, Barbara Woodward, said, “Humanitarian organizations and UN agencies need the full backing of the council to be able to carry out the job we are asking them to do.” Woodward further maintained that previously ceasefires had been implemented to carry out the vaccination drive. For example, in 2001, fighting in Afghanistan was paused to carry out anti-polio shots to more than 5.7 million kids.
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