UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday stated that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world to end the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Pledges of doses and funds are welcome — however they don’t seem to be sufficient. We want at least 11 billion doses to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world and end this pandemic,” the UN chief instructed the opening of the ministerial section of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is the highest platform for reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
“Everyone, all over the place, will need to have entry to Covid-19 vaccines, assessments, therapies and assist,” stated the highest UN official.
“The growth and roll-out of vaccines, together with by way of the worldwide fairness mechanism, the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX facility, is providing hope,” stated the secretary-general.
Noting that there’s “uneven entry” to these instruments, particularly vaccines, around the globe and inside international locations, the UN chief stated that “a worldwide vaccination hole threatens us all” as a result of because the virus mutates, it might develop into much more transmissible, or much more lethal.
“The world wants a Global Vaccination Plan to at least double the manufacturing of vaccines, guarantee equitable distribution by way of COVAX, coordinate implementation and financing, and assist nationwide immunization applications,” stated Guterres.
“To notice this plan, I’ve been calling for an Emergency Task Force that brings collectively the international locations that produce and may produce vaccines, the World Health Organization, the ACT-Accelerator companions and worldwide monetary establishments, ready to take care of the related pharmaceutical corporations and producers, and different key stakeholders,” the secretary-general spelled out.
“Right now, it’s important to totally finance the ACT-Accelerator and assist the $50 billion funding roadmap, to be led by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization, to end the pandemic and safe a worldwide restoration,” stated the secretary-general.
(With IANS inputs)
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