EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA:- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has revealed that just 10 countries have already administered 75% of the world’s available COVID-19 vaccine supply, while more than 130 countries haven’t even received their first doses.
Guterres said the progress made on vaccinations has been wildly uneven and unfair, adding, “those affected by conflict and insecurity are at particular risk of being left behind.”
Speaking at the virtual meeting on Wednesday with the UN Security Council, the UN Chief described the goal of providing vaccines to all as “the biggest moral test before the global community”, underlining that everyone, everywhere must be included.
“Defeating COVID-19, now that we have begun to have the scientific capacity to do so, is more important than ever,” he said.
To address that inequity, Guterres proposed that the world’s richest countries, the G20 nations, form an emergency task force to prepare the plan and coordinate its implementation and financing.
The task force would work to mobilize pharmaceutical companies and key industry and logistics actors, he said, underlining the UN’s readiness to support this effort.
International partners working to achieve equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines appealed on Wednesday for the UN Security Council to ensure people caught in conflict have access to these lifesaving treatments.
Around 188 million vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to the digital database Our World in Data. Tens of millions of those doses have gone to the United States, China, the United Kingdom and Israel.