Describing the coronavirus because the primary “global security threat” going through the world in the present day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has mentioned that nations have to come together to offer vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives over the following yr. “This is also the moment when the international community needs to come together to defeat the virus. Many pin their hopes on a vaccine – but let’s be clear: there is no panacea in a pandemic. A vaccine alone cannot solve this crisis; certainly not in the near term,” Guterres said at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said nations need to massively expand new and existing tools that can respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months.
Guterres voiced concern that the outbreak is out of control and the world will soon pass “the grimmest of milestones” with a million lives misplaced to the virus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year’s General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too,” he said.
“In this 75th anniversary yr, we face our personal 1945 second. We should meet that second,” he mentioned, calling for solidarity and unity “like never before” to beat in the present day’s emergency, get the world shifting and dealing and prospering once more.
Guterres underscored the significance of constructing a coronavirus vaccine reasonably priced and accessible to all whereas additionally calling for combating misinformation and distrust a few vaccine that will hinder its extensive dissemination.
“Starting now, a vaccine must be seen as a global public good, because COVID-19 respects no borders. We need a vaccine to be affordable and available to all – a people’s vaccine,” he said, adding that this means a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX Facility.
Guterres stressed that for any vaccine to work, people across the globe need to be willing to take it.
“But with the unfold of the virus, we’re additionally seeing a proliferation of misinformation a few future vaccine. This is fuelling vaccine hesitancy and igniting wild conspiracy theories. Mistrust in vaccines is on the rise around the globe,” he mentioned.
Guterres famous with concern the alarming reviews of enormous segments of the inhabitants in some international locations indicating their reluctance and even refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine. “In the face of this lethal disease, we must do our utmost to halt deadly misinformation,” he mentioned.
The 75th session of the UN General Assembly commenced Tuesday and for the primary time within the historical past of the world group, world leaders is not going to be travelling to New York to handle the annual high-level session and summits because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, nations will ship in pre-recorded video statements of their Heads of State and Government that can be performed within the General Assembly corridor, starting with the General Debate that begins on September 22.
Guterres mentioned in his speech to the 193-member group on the opening day of the General Debate, he’ll make an attraction to the worldwide group to mobilize all efforts for the worldwide ceasefire to grow to be a actuality by the top of the yr, calling on nations to make a brand new collective push for peace.