UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized what he calls the “wildly unequal and unfair” spread of COVID-19 vaccines around the world amid the pandemic.
Guterres made these remarks at an online UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday chaired by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, NHK World reported. The UN chief noted that only 10 countries have given 75 percent of all vaccines, while more than 130 have not received a single dose.
He called on UN member states to support the COVAX Facility, a framework operated by the World Health Organization and other agencies to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Progress on COVID-19 vaccination has been extremely inconsistent and unfair. The world desperately needs a global immunization schedule to bring everyone together with the performance, expertise and manufacturing capabilities needed. I am ready to take the entire @UN system together Support to mobilize this effort, “tweeted the UN chief.
He also called for a global vaccination schedule to be drawn up to ensure an even distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
“The world urgently needs a global vaccination plan to bring everyone together with the necessary power, scientific expertise, and production and financial capacities,” Guterres said at a UN Security Council meeting. “I think the G20 is well placed to set up an emergency task force to draw up such a global vaccination plan and coordinate its implementation and funding.”
In the meantime, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised the WHO a payment of over USD 200 million by the end of February.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 109,901,090 COVID-19 cases and 2,430,096 deaths have been reported worldwide.