The international community should work towards supporting initiatives: India informs UN
India told the UN General Assembly that it has provided more vaccines globally rather than vaccinating its own people.
India also informed that the less accessibility of vaccines will affect the poorest nations the most. India started the ‘Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines’ that also got support from 180 UN member states.
UN Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu said that even if the coronavirus is increasing, there are multiple vaccines used to stop the pandemic.
“While the vaccine challenge has been resolved, we are now confronted with ensuring the availability, accessibility, affordability, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Lack of global cooperation and disparity in the accessibility of vaccines will affect the poorest nations the most,” Naidu said.
Naidu said that India will not only vaccinate 300 million of its own frontline workers over the next six months but has also supplied vaccines to over 70 nations.
“In fact, as of today we have supplied more vaccines globally than have vaccinated our own people,” Naidu said.
Naidu also informed that 30 more candidates of Covid-19 vaccine are at different phases of trials.
The political declaration states that there should be access to the vaccine so that there is speedy recovery and the pandemic can be finished
The declaration also states that there is uneven distribution of vaccine despite international agreements.
“Therefore, we express our deep concern that a considerable number of countries have not yet had access to COVID-19 vaccines, and stress the need for global solidarity and multilateral cooperation to increase vaccine production and distribution, on regional and global levels.”
Naidu highlighted that the international community should work towards supporting initiatives that will ensure speedy recovery.
“Affordability, access, and logistical issues should in no way become a hindrance in our fight against one of the biggest challenges facing humanity,” he said.
Naidu added that India is working with GAVI, the World Health Organisation and ACT Accelerator.
“India and South-Africa have also called for WTO (World Trade Organisation) to suspend intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 for a limited period of time, to ensure rapid scaling-up of manufacturing of vaccines and ensuring accessibility and affordability of vaccines for all,” he said.
President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir said that the world, which went into the Covid-19 pandemic together, can emerge from it together as well.
“But that depends on fair and equitable access to vaccines. From the health worker in a small island developing state, to a teacher in a refugee camp, to the elderly in care facilities across our countries, we must all be covered,” Bozkir said.