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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

UN wants global COVID vaccine effort

The United Nations has demanded that a coordinated global effort be put into place in order to vaccinate most of the globe against COVID-19 due to the fact that the current inequity gaps are putting everyone at risk. 

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An initial UN Security Council session on vaccinations has already taken place. Foreign ministers from several countries have declared that the world has a “moral duty” to act in unison in fighting against the deadly virus.  

Antonio Guterres, the UN’s Secretary-General, expressed his concerns regarding the fact that 10 nations have administered 75% of doses, while 130 countries have not had any at all. 

“The world urgently needs a global vaccination plan to bring together all those with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities,” Guterres said.

“If the virus is allowed to spread like wildfire in the Global South, it will mutate again and again. New variants could become more transmissible, more deadly and, potentially, threaten the effectiveness of current vaccines and diagnostics,” Guterres added.

Furthermore, Henrietta Fore, head of the UN children’s agency UNICEF, explained that “the only way out of this pandemic for any of us is to ensure vaccinations are available for all of us.” 

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In the meantime, the European Union has bought 300 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 200 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Through a second contract with Moderna, the EU will receive an extra 150 million doses in 2021 and the option to receive another 150 million doses in 2022. 

“With a portfolio of up to 2.6 billion doses, we will be able to provide vaccines not just to our citizens, but to our neighbors and partners as well,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who has come under intense criticism for bungling the rollout of the vaccination campaign, explained.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by WCT staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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