António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, has reportedly slammed the ‘wildly unequal as well as unfair’ distribution of coronavirus vaccines, citing that only 10 countries have administered a total of 75 per cent of vaccinations available globally. Guterres further demanded that there be a worldwide effort to get all individuals across each country immunized as early as possible.
As per reports, the UN chief, while addressing a high-level meeting of the United Nations security council on Wednesday, stated that around 130 countries had not yet received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Guterres urged the globe’s leading economic members of the Group 20 to set up an emergency taskforce to devise a plan and manage its financing and implementation. Adding further, the UN secretary general stated that the team must have the capacity to mobilize major industry and logistics actors as well as pharmaceutical firms.
As per Johns Hopkins University tracker, COVID-19 pandemic has infected approximately 109 million people, while killing nearly 2.4 million. Meanwhile, as manufacturers struggle to increase the production level of vaccines, several countries are complaining of being left out, with even rich nations facing scarceness as well as domestic complaints.
The Covax programme of WHO, a project to purchase as well as deliver COVID-19 vaccines for the globe’s poorest people, has missed its own target of rolling out COVID-19 shots in poor nations at the same time when vaccinations would start in rich countries.
Antony Blinken, the US State Department secretary, assured the council that the Biden administration would work with partners all across the world to expand distribution as well as manufacturing capacity and to surge access, including to the marginalized groups.
Wang Yi, foreign minister of China, stated that as per WHO’s request, China would preliminarily donate nearly 10m vaccine doses to Covax.
Yi added that China has contributed vaccines to nearly 53 developing countries including Palestine, a UN observer state, South Sudan, Iraq, and Somalia. Meanwhile, Beijing has also established a R&D cooperation on coronavirus with nearly 10 countries.