Deaths from COVID-19 around the world already reach one million, “an atrocious and chilling figure,” said the General secretary from the ONU.
“They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends, friends and colleagues.
The pain has been multiplied by the ruthlessness of this disease. The risk of infection has kept families away from the beds of these patients and, frequently, it has not been possible to mourn or celebrate the lives of these people, “he said in a video message.
Guterres stated that however still the end of the virus’s spread is not in sight, the loss of jobs, the disruptions in education, the disruption of normal life.
“But we can overcome this challenge. But we must learn from mistakes. Responsible leadership is essential. Science is important. Cooperation is important. Disinformation kills. As the tireless search for a vaccine continues – a vaccine that must be available and affordable for all people – let’s do what we can to save lives, ”he said.
The director of the World Health Organization He stated that, seeing the experience of countries like Uruguay, Thailand and Italy, “it is never too late to reverse the course of the pandemic” through strong public health measures.
“This is a time for all of us to come together, in solidarity, to fight against this virus. History will judge us by the decisions we make and don’t make in the months to come. Let’s seize the opportunity and overcome national borders to save lives and livelihoods, ”he concluded in a press article.
More COVID-19 vaccines for developing countries
Oxford University / John Cairns
The GAVI vaccine alliance, a partner of the WHO, announced Tuesday that thanks to the support of the Serum Institute of India and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million additional doses of future COVID vaccines will be accelerated. -19, if proven safe and effective, for low- and middle-income countries in 2021
Another 100 million doses had already been announced in August, bringing the total that the association will now deliver to 200 million, with a maximum price of three dollars per dose.
About 1,000 people, COVID-19 survivors from 37 countries and others have signed and sent an open letter to leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. asking them for a “vaccine for the people” and treatments that are available to all free of patents. The request is made one day after a high-level meeting on vaccines in the framework of the General Assembly.
The UN Secretary General, together with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica, organized a high-level meeting to determine specific actions to boost cooperation and support from rich to poor countries to emerge from the pandemic.
António Guterres warned that solutions are urgently needed for each region that allow investments in response and recovery, after the “worst crisis since World War II”.
“In various humanitarian crisis situations, the risk of famine looms. In South America, 17.1 million people suffer from severe food insecurity, compared to 4.5 million seven months ago, ”he warned.
On Tuesday afternoon the General Debate closes, the first in history to be held virtually and in which heads of state and government from around the world participated and expressed their commitment in the fight against COVID-19.
Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensify
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed concern about the resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact and called for an immediate ceasefire.
“I am appalled by the reports regarding the civilian deaths and injuries, as well as the destruction of civilian property and infrastructure. I call on all parties to respect both international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and in particular to protect the civilian population, ”said Michelle Bachelet.
The territorial dispute between the two countries is one of the oldest conflicts in the world. The weekend worsened and according to press reports the consecutive days of clashes have already left a hundred dead on both sides.
The disputed separatist enclave is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but its population is mostly Armenian. When it broke up in the 1990s, thousands of people died in a war that also left up to a million displaced.
The UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment called on world authorities to “be aware of the climate crisis” and exclude support for new coal projects from their economic recovery packages from the pandemic.
“We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate emergency and a major socio-economic crisis with substantial human rights impacts occurring today and catastrophic impacts unavoidable in the future unless rapid, systemic and transformative changes are made to our energy systems. Coal must be removed as soon as possible, “he warned in a statement.
David Boyd recalled that coal is one of the main causes of two of the worst environmental problems in the world: climate change and air pollution. Furthermore, in many countries, coal mining has led to forced evictions, the displacement of entire communities, and other violations of the right to adequate housing.
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