UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed regret this Thursday that the world is once again experiencing another milestone in the deaths and cases of the COVID-19 epidemic, with four million deaths due to the disease.
“Many of us know this loss firsthand and feel its pain. We mourn the mothers and fathers who guided us, the sons and daughters who inspired us, the grandmothers and grandfathers who shared wisdom, the colleagues and friends who elevated our lives. “
Now, Guterres noted, vaccines offer a ray of hope, but much of the planet is still in the shadows because the virus violates the distribution of vaccines, he denounced.
# COVID-19 Vaccines offer a ray of hope – but most parts of the world are still in the shadows.
Global recovery requires global vaccination.
The tragic loss of four million people caused by the epidemic must trigger our urgent efforts to end it everywhere, for all.
– Antonio kuteres (onantonioguterres) July 8, 2021
The epidemic is not clear: more than half of those infected this year have died, and the Portuguese ambassador warned yesterday that millions more people would be at risk if SARS-CoV-2 were allowed to spread like wildfire.
He noted that the more widespread it is, the more likely it is that they will become contagious, dangerous and undermine the effectiveness of current vaccines.
For this reason, he called for closing the vaccine gap, which requires the largest global public health effort in history.
According to Guterres, the world needs a global plan to double the production of these injections and ensure their equitable distribution, using the Kovacs mechanism as a platform.
Four million people have now lost their lives as a result # COVID-19.
It is a reminder that we still have a long way to go to defeat this painful milestone epidemic.
We need to move faster – with more vaccines, more stock and more unity.
– Antonio Guterres (onantonioguterres) July 8, 2021
In that regard, the Minister convened an Emergency Working Group to unite all countries with vaccine production capacity, the World Health Organization, international financial institutions, the GAVI Global Vaccine Alliance and other interested parties.
Global recovery requires universal vaccination, the UN Secretary General stressed, sad for the loss of four million people by the end of this epidemic should make urgent efforts.