GLOBALink | UN chief urges G20 to prepare "Global Vaccination Plan"-Xinhua

GLOBALink | UN chief urges G20 to prepare "Global Vaccination Plan"


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2021-02-20 16:14:02

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday proposed that the Group of 20 (G20) set up an emergency task force to prepare a "Global Vaccination Plan" against COVID-19.

"We have come together to create the COVAX facility, the one global tool to procure and deliver vaccines for low- and middle-income countries. COVAX requires to be fully funded. But we must do even more. Our efforts need to be comprehensive and well-coordinated everywhere," said Guterres.

The world urgently needs a Global Vaccination Plan to bring together all those with the required power, scientific expertise as well as production and financial capacities, he told an open debate of the Security Council on "ensuring the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity."

Yet progress on vaccination has been wildly uneven and unfair. Just 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, more than 130 countries have not received a single dose. Those affected by conflict and insecurity are at particular risk of being left behind, he warned.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service



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