The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has strongly criticized the “largely unequal and unfair” distribution of Covid Vaccines, Saying that 10 countries provided 75% of all vaccines and are calling for a global effort to vaccinate all people in every country as soon as possible.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations said at a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday that 130 countries have not yet received a single dose of the vaccine.
“At this critical moment, equality in vaccines is the biggest moral test before the global community,” he said.
Guterres called for an urgent global vaccination plan to bring together those who have the power to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine – the scientists, vaccine manufacturers and those who can fund the effort.
He called on the major global economic powers in the G20 to form an emergency working group to set a plan and coordinate its implementation and financing. He said the task force should have the ability to “mobilize pharmaceutical companies and key players in industry and logistics.”
Guterres said Friday’s meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations – the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and Italy – “could create momentum to mobilize the necessary financial resources.”
Thirteen ministers addressed the Virtual Council meeting organized by Britain on improving access to Covid vaccines, including in conflict areas.
Coronavirus has infected more than 109 million people and killed at least 2.4 million, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. As manufacturers struggle to increase production of vaccines, many countries are complaining about their exclusion and even rich nations facing local shortages and complaints.
The WHO’s Covax program, a project to purchase and deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world’s poorest people, has already lost its goal of starting coronavirus vaccination in poor countries at the same time that vaccines were launched in rich countries. The World Health Organization says Kovacs will need $ 5 billion in 2021.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the board that the Biden administration “will work with our partners around the world to expand manufacturing and distribution capacity and increase access, including marginalized populations.”
President Joe Biden returns to the World Health Organization and announces Blinkin that by the end of February, the United States will pay more than $ 200 million in pre-assessed and current commitments to the UN agency, which Washington will seek to fix.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized the growing “immune divide” and called on the world to “work together to reject” vaccine nationalism “, promote fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and, in particular, make them available and affordable for their development. Countries, including countries in conflict.”
At the request of the World Health Organization, he said China will contribute 10 million doses of vaccines for Covax “primarily”.
China has donated vaccines to 53 developing countries, including Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan and Palestine, which is a UN observer country. It has also exported vaccines to 22 countries, he said, adding that Beijing has launched research and development cooperation on COVID with more than 10 countries.
The Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmaniyam Gishankar, also called for a halt to “grafting nationalism” and encouraging internationalism. He warned that “stockpiling excess doses will undermine our efforts towards achieving collective health security.”
The minister said that two vaccines, one of them developed in India, have been granted emergency clearance, and up to 30 vaccine candidates are in various stages of development.
Jaishankar announced a “gift of 200,000 doses” of the vaccine to approximately 90,000 UN peacekeepers serving in dozens of hotspots around the world.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, whose country chairs the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, called for accelerating the spread of the Coronavirus and stopping “unjustified hoarding” and “monopolizing vaccines.”
He urged giving priority to countries with limited resources, saying, “It has been indicated that these countries will not have generalized access until mid-2023 if current trends continue.”
“What we’re seeing is a big hole,” Ebrard said. “In fact, I don’t think we’ve seen such a huge division affecting much in such a short period of time. That’s why it’s important to reverse that.”
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council this month and chaired the virtual meeting, urged the most powerful UN body to adopt a resolution. Call for a local ceasefire in conflict areas To allow delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.
Britain says that more than 160 million people are at risk of being excluded from vaccinations against the Coronavirus because they live in countries mired in conflict and instability, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, objected to the council’s focus on equitable access to vaccines, saying that this goes beyond its mandate to maintain international peace and security.