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ED: For the global good

  • Published at 11:19 pm December 4th, 2020
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When it comes to the coronavirus, we must protect each other in order to protect ourselves

There are some challenges that must be tackled together, as a global community.

With over 65 million confirmed cases, it is absolutely essential that we learn to collaborate and exchange ideas that contribute to our fight against the pandemic. In that regard, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s words at the United Nations General Assembly must be commended, seeking “urgent global attention and further collaboration” to not only take steps against the coronavirus pandemic but also to protect people’s livelihoods by accelerating economic recovery.

The PM’s three-point proposal at the General Assembly addressed some of the most important elements necessary to ensure universal protection against the coronavirus -- and world leaders would do well to pay attention -- through which she has led Bangladesh’s economy to recovery.

First and foremost, nations and organizations from across the world are currently working tirelessly towards finding a vaccine, and it is absolutely essential that the world unifies in its understanding that, when it comes to the coronavirus, we must protect each other in order to protect ourselves.

We must recognize that the Covid-19 vaccine is nothing short of a global good, one that should ensure the safety of each and every individual, for even if a single person remains vulnerable, it makes all of us vulnerable.

And finally, developing nations must be provided the support necessary, as they might not have the technology and funds necessary to develop the vaccine and distribute it amongst their people, a key element to ensuring that the vaccine finds its way across the world.

The current Bangladeshi government has taken various steps to offset the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic through putting the needs of its people first, and we hope this principle is upheld when a vaccine is ready for widespread distribution.

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