Only a global vaccination plan can prevent a pandemic, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The only way out of a worldwide pandemic, and out of this unjust and immoral scenario, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is through a universal vaccination campaign.
The secretary-general was speaking at a conference of Foreign Ministers from the Group of 77 (G77) and China at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he underlined that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak devastation on developed and developing countries alike.
According to him, the United Nations supports the World Health Organization’s vaccination policy, which aims to get vaccines into the hands of 40% of people in all countries by the end of this year, and 70% by the middle of 2022.
“Everyone, everywhere,” the top UN official added, “must have access to COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, and treatment.”
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Throughout the pandemic, the secretary-general emphasized the necessity of multilateralism and the UN’s role.
“As a result, more than 90% of host countries say the United Nations is more relevant to their country’s development requirements now than it was three years ago,” he says.