UN CHIEF: 10 COUNTRIES GET 75% OF COVID-19 VACCINES


19/02/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized the "wildly uneven and unfair" distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, saying 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccinations and he demanded a global effort to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. 

The UN chief told a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council that 130 countries have not received a single dose of vaccine and declared that “at this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community”. Guterres called for an urgent Global Vaccination Plan to bring together those with the power to ensure fair vaccine distribution— scientists, vaccine producers and those who can fund the effort. He also called on the world’s major economic powers in the Group of 20 to establish an emergency task force to establish a plan and coordinate its implementation and financing. He said the task force should have the capacity “to mobilize the pharmaceutical companies and key industry and logistics actors.” 

Britain holds the Security Council presidency this month, and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the UN’s most powerful body to adopt a resolution calling for ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. “Ceasefires have been used to vaccinate the most vulnerable communities in the past. There’s no reason why we can’t… We have seen it in the past to deliver polio vaccines to children in Afghanistan, just to take one example,” he said.


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