Digital Desk, New Delhi. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for vaccine equity on Monday, calling the death toll from COVID-19 a painful new threshold, saying this devastating milestone reminds us that we, the whole world, fail. are.
“These are not numbers written on a page, but they are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, family, friends and colleagues. Life is cut short by a ruthless virus that doesn’t respect boundaries. This devastating milestone reminds us that we, many countries in the world, are failing. When wealthy countries are giving their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, only five percent of people in Africa have been fully vaccinated. It is a global shame, Guterres warned. The 50 lakh deaths should also be seen as a clear warning.
Guterres urged world leaders to fully support the global vaccination strategy launched with the World Health Organization last month, saying we need to have vaccines in the arms of 40 percent of people in all countries by the end of this year. – and 70 percent by the middle of 2022. According to a UN release, he urged world leaders to act urgently and on a large scale, address funding shortfalls and coordinate their actions for success.
He said, the best way to honor those five lakh people is to support the health workers fighting this virus every day. Accelerate our efforts and make vaccine equity a reality by ensuring maximum vigilance to defeat this virus.