Vaccinate the world to end the pandemic, says UN chief in Davos
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United Nations (United States) (AFP) – UN chief Antonio Guterres told the all-virtual forum in Davos on Monday that the world must vaccinate everyone against Covid-19 to ensure an exit from the pandemic.
The face-to-face gathering of political and business influencers in the Swiss Alps is online for the second year in a row due to a pandemic that shows no signs of abating.
“The past two years have demonstrated a simple but stark truth: if we leave anyone behind, we leave everyone behind,” said the UN Secretary-General.
“If we fail to vaccinate every person, we give rise to new variants that spread across borders and bring daily life and economies to a screeching halt.”
António Guterres said the international community must “face the pandemic with fairness and justice”.
He noted that the World Health Organization unveiled a strategy last fall to vaccinate 40% of the world’s population by the end of 2021 and 70% by the middle of this year.
“We are far from these goals,” António Guterres told the World Economic Forum.
“Immunization rates in high-income countries are, shamefully, seven times higher than in African countries. We need vaccine equity now,” he added.
António Guterres said that pharmaceutical companies should “stand in solidarity with developing countries by sharing licenses, know-how and technology so that we can all find a way out of this pandemic”.
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