Covid-19: Guterres again defends “world vaccination plan


The UN secretary general, António Guterres, apologist for a coordinated and equal response by the international community, said this Tuesday that “only a global vaccination plan can end with a global pandemic and an unfair and immoral situation.”

“Despite the development of effective vaccines in record time, there were more deaths in 2021 compared to 2020” and “the pandemic continues to ravage, in developed and developing countries”, revealed the head of the UN at the opening of an annual meeting , in virtual format, of the G7 foreign ministers (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom) and China.

“Every person, all over the world, must have access to vaccines, tests and treatments against covid-19”, insisted António Guterres.

“The entire United Nations system supports the vaccination strategy against covid-19 defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose objective is to vaccinate 40% of the population of each country by the end of 2021 and 70% by mid- next year”, he explained.

According to the UN, only 12 middle-income countries, 27 with higher incomes and 71 with a high level of income reached the barrier of 40% of people vaccinated. No country included in the low-income category has reached this level.

On November 25, according to the UN, 3.2 billion people were fully vaccinated, and 4.15 billion received at least one dose of anti-covid vaccine.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,206,370 deaths worldwide, among more than 261.49 million infections by the new coronavirus registered since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,441 people have died and 1,147,249 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Ómicron, was recently detected in South Africa, and 13 cases of this new strain have been identified so far in Portugal.


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