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UN calls for 'available and affordable' coronavirus vaccine for all

UN calls for 'available and affordable' coronavirus vaccine for all

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, pointed out that the vaccine should be considered a "global public good".
The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, demanded this Tuesday that the future vaccine against covid-19 be "available" to everyone and be "affordable" by everyone.

In a videoconference with the leaders of the Nordic Council - which includes Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland - Guterres advocated a "new and effective multilateralism" that serves to meet global challenges; from global warming to the current pandemic.

"It is imperative that the vaccine against covid-19 is available to everyone and is affordable for everyone. Because no one will be safe (from the virus) until we are all safe," said Guterres in his speech.

This vaccine should be considered a "global public good," said the UN Secretary General on treatment against the coronavirus, which has already infected 43.7 million people worldwide and killed 1.16 million.

Guterres recalled that the current situation "is not only a health crisis", but also an economic debacle that puts "development at risk."

The recovery, he added, should not "replicate the past" but build "in a sustainable and inclusive way" and "confronting the weaknesses" that the pandemic has shown around the world.

In his opinion, we should not move towards a "global government", but towards a "real global governance" with strong institutions, because the current ones are "quite weak", with "the capacity to ensure minimum levels to face the challenges" global.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lövfen also advocated ensuring universal distribution of the future coronavirus vaccine and pledged to contribute to multilateral efforts.

Along these lines, the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, called for "equitable access and fair distribution", as well as a "global response" to the health and economic crisis, because "our destiny is interconnected."

In defense of the multilateral system, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin pointed out that "we need the UN more than ever" and her Norwegian counterpart, Erna Solberg, pointed out that the pandemic shows the "need for international collaboration."
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