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The United Nations chief urged the world to mark the “heart-wrenching milestone” of 2 million deaths from COVID-19 virus on Friday by acting with far greater solidarity to ensure vaccines are available and affordable in all countries, not just rich nations. reports citing foreign media that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video message that governments have a responsibility to protect their people, “but `vaccinationalism’ is self-defeating and will delay a global recovery.”

“Science is succeeding — but solidarity is failing,” he warned. “Vaccines are reaching high-income countries quickly, while the world`s poorest have none at all.”

“Sadly, the deadly impact of the pandemic has been made worse by the absence of a global coordinated effort,” he said on Friday.

He also urged rich nations to share excess doses of vaccines, noting that “some countries are pursuing side deals, even procuring beyond need.”

2021.01.16 / 10:55
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