UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the G20 during a ministerial session of the Security Council on Wednesday to formulate a “global vaccination plan” to leave anyone behind in the fight against the Kovid-19 epidemic.
“The world urgently needs a global vaccination plan to bring together all those people who have the power, scientific expertise, and production and financial capacity needed,” he said.
The United Nations chief said that I think the G20 (bringing together the twenty most powerful economies on the planet) is well placed to set up an emergency working group to formulate plans for such a global vaccination And is responsible for coordinating its implementation and financing.
“This working group should include all countries that have the ability to develop vaccines or produce them when licenses are available, as well as the World Health Organization, other relevant technical organizations and financial institutions.”
The 15 members of the Security Council are the largest producers of vaccines: the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and India.
According to Antonio Guterres, the G7 summit under the British presidency, scheduled for Friday, “could create the necessary momentum to mobilize the necessary financial resources”.
“If the virus is allowed to spread like wildfire to countries in the South, it will” mutate again and again “, with new, more infectious, more lethal adaptations, potentially threatening the effectiveness of vaccines , “He warned.” This could largely prolong the epidemic, allowing the virus to return to destroy the north, “the Secretary-General emphasized.
“We should ensure that everyone, everywhere, can be vaccinated as soon as possible”, he demanded, “progress in vaccination is highly uneven and inappropriate”. “Only ten countries have administered 75% of all Kovid-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, more than 130 countries have not received a single dose,” he criticized.
Organized by the United Kingdom in February in the President-Office of the Security Council, the ministerial session brings together several heads of diplomats. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab stressed that the world was “fighting a global epidemic”. “We must not lag behind,” he insisted.