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Covid-19: UN chief for global vaccination plan

  • Published at 08:41 pm June 24th, 2021
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres
File photo: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US, November 20, 2020 Reuters

Coronavirus still remains a threatening reality for everyone in the world, Guterres tells the European Parliament

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated the need for a global vaccination plan for Covid-19.

In a speech at the European Parliament on Thursday, Guterres, who was recently reelected as UN chief for a second term, said the Covid-19 pandemic had revealed utterly inadequate healthcare systems, huge gaps in social protection, and major inequalities within and between countries.

“While some countries are slowly starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the virus remains a threatening reality in many places around the world, and therefore to us all,” he pointed out, calling for global vaccination efforts to be stepped up, in particular when it comes to Africa.

He also reiterated the need for a global vaccination strategy and for vaccine-producing countries to come together in an emergency task force, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, and international financial institutions, to mobilize pharmaceutical companies and key industrial actors.

Additionally, he addressed other issues related to development, social and economic imbalances and inequalities around the world, the climate crisis and how to counter it, lawlessness in cyberspace, multilateralism, and more.

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