UN chief calls for global coordinated effort to end pandemic
Cautions nations against self-defeating ‘vaccinationalism'
Publish- January 16, 2021, 11:01 AM
With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to Covid-19, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a global coordinated effort to end the pandemic and "save lives".
In a video statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General said the absence of such an effort has only worsened the deadly impact of Covid. He also urged nations to share excess doses of vaccines, reports UN News.
“Behind this staggering number are names and faces: the smile now only a memory, the seat forever empty at the dinner table, the room that echoes with the silence of a loved one," Guterres said.
"In the memory of those two million souls, the world must act with far greater solidarity,” he said.
Since its discovery at the end of December 2019, Covid-19 has now spread to all corners of the world, with cases in 191 countries and regions. Deaths due to the disease reached the grim milestone of one million only in September.
The UN chief went on to note that while governments have a responsibility to protect their populations, “‘vaccinationalism’ is self-defeating and will delay a global recovery".
“Covid cannot be beaten in one country at a time,” he stressed. Guterres called on countries to commit now to sharing any excess doses of vaccines, to help urgently vaccinate health workers around the world and prevent health systems from collapsing.