Global vaccination plan only way out to curb pandemic: Guterres

United Nations: UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has stated that "the only way out of a global pandemic and out of this unjust and immoral situation is through a global vaccination campaign."  The Secretary General was speaking at a conference of Foreign Ministers from the Group of 77 (G77) and China at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he said the Covid-19 pandemic "continues to wreak devastation" on developed and poor countries equally.

He went on to say that the UN supports the World Health Organization's vaccination policy, which aims to get vaccines into the hands of 40 percent of people in all countries by the end of 2021, and 70 percent by the middle of 2022. "Covid-19 vaccinations, diagnostics, and treatment must be available to everyone, everywhere," the senior UN official stated, pleading for funding for the ACT-accelerator and the Covax facility.

The global economy is predicted to increase by 5.9 percent in 2021, but the recovery will be uneven, according to Guterres. This does not surprise him, he said, because affluent economies invest 28 percent of their GDP in recovery, middle-income countries invest 6 percent, and least-developed countries invest only 1.8 percent.

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