Highlighting the inequalities and injustices that have emerged throughout the epidemic, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres In his message for the day to be celebrated on Wednesday, he said that the vast majority of vaccine doses administered so far have been restricted to “a few rich countries” or those that produce vaccines permitted for distribution.
“Within countries, sickness and death from Covid-19 It was higher among people and societies dealing with poverty, unfavorable living and work conditions, discrimination and social exclusion, “said Mr. Guterres.
Countries forced to “watch and wait”
thanks for the COVAX An initiative, the United Nations has supported international efforts to provide fair vaccines around the world, and more countries are receiving doses, “but most people in low- and middle-income countries still have to watch and wait,” the Secretary-General added.
“Such injustice is immoral, and they pose a threat to our health, our economies and our societies.”
It reached 86 countries
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the UN headquarters on Monday that COVAX has so far shipped more than 36 million doses to 86 countries.
He said that Algeria received more than 36,000 doses of the Coronavirus over the weekend, which helped speed up the vaccination campaign already underway there.
“The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Eric Overfest, said the new doses will help ensure that no one is left behind,” added Mr. Dujarric. “Our teams on the ground have helped train healthcare workers, educate people about vaccines, and support the cold chain.
In Laos, the country has vaccinated more than 4,000 people, including frontline healthcare workers, with doses of COVAX, Mr. Dujarric told reporters.
The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Sarah Siknes Tolfsen, is supporting the country’s vaccination campaign, which began Friday.
More than 130 million cases
As of April 5, the World Health Organization (WHO)Who is theIt reports approximately 131,021,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 2,850,520 deaths.
As of the end of March 31, there had been 547,727,346 vaccine doses administered worldwide.
Vaccines for everyone
“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must implement policies and allocate resources so that everyone can enjoy the same health outcomes,” said Mr. Guterres.
This will include access to Sustainable Development Goals By 2030, he added, “This means universal health coverage so everyone, everywhere, can thrive.”