Coronavirus can only be defeated with global solidarity: Guterres

18 Janvier, 2021, 01:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned of the threat of'vaccinationalism as the world death toll from coronavirus topped two million

A BBC story said, "Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 90 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and two million deaths".

USA news agency CNN reports that the death toll would be similar of 10 commercial jets full of passengers crashed every day, for a year.

According to Worldometer, which has been tracking deaths, new infections and recoveries since the onset of the disease, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 stands at 2,010,108, as of 6:10pm GMT on Friday (12:10am Saturday, Bangladesh time). In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic's deadly impact.

"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.

During the media brief, the president of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, announced that he and Guterres would both take the vaccine shot very soon. Governments have a responsibility to protect their populations, but "vaccinationalism" is self-defeating and will delay a global recovery, he said.

Billed as the world's largest vaccination program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.

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"Science has succeeded, but solidarity has failed", he said.

Guterres urged the world's leading economies to be alive to their "special responsibility" in this regard. "We need manufacturers to step up their commitment to work with the COVAX facility and countries around the world to ensure enough supply and fair distribution", said the secretary-general.

In wealthy countries including the United States, Britain, Israel, Canada and Germany, millions of citizens have already been given some measure of protection with at least one dose of vaccine developed with revolutionary speed and quickly authorized for use. "Some countries are pursuing side deals, even procuring beyond need", he said. This would help vaccinate all health care workers around the world on an urgent basis and protect health systems from collapse, he said.

He said priority must be given to those who are "on the front line: humanitarian personnel and populations at high risk".

"Our world can only get ahead of this virus one way-together", Guterres appealed. "Global solidarity will save lives, protect people and help defeat this vicious virus", added Guterres.

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