Special: Battle against the new coronavirus
The Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations on Friday called on all countries to strengthen solidarity and achieve vaccine equity at an early stage to overcome unfair vaccine distribution and increasing “vaccine nationalism” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world.
In a joint statement on behalf of 75 countries, including Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa, Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the UN, noted that vaccines are a powerful weapon against viruses. . Nonetheless, as a “global public good”, their equity is “far from being achieved”, and their affordability and price “must be addressed urgently”.
Every human being has the right to the right to life and to health, he said. The ambassador called on all countries to actively promote the fair and rational distribution of vaccines around the world, to ensure that no country or individual is left behind and to jointly defeat the pandemic at an early date.
Developing countries must be given priority in the distribution of vaccines. It is important to promote the equitable distribution of vaccines in developing countries as soon as possible, said Zhang.
He called on “capable vaccine-producing countries” to “translate their commitments into action” as soon as possible and actively provide vaccine support to developing countries in a “timely and adequate” manner through bilateral and multilateral channels.
Zhang also urged international financial institutions and other international organizations to provide financial support to developing countries to procure doses and strengthen their vaccine production capacity.
The ambassador stressed that countries working together are the only way to overcome the pandemic.
“The pandemic knows no borders. The only solution lies in global solidarity, unity and multilateral cooperation,” said Zhang.
Countries should strengthen international cooperation in the field of vaccines, reject vaccine nationalism and avoid stockpiling, lift restrictions on the export of affected vaccines and raw materials, and ensure cross-border flows of vaccines, he said. he declares.
Zhang urged the World Trade Organization to make a decision on waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
The world is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly which has just concluded, leaders of many developing countries said that Western countries are stockpiling large numbers of vaccines, which has dramatically exacerbated the inequalities in vaccines and created a man-made “immunization deficit”. Zhang said.
They called for vaccines to be used as a global public good to ensure doses are accessible and affordable. The UN Secretary-General has called for accelerating the equitable distribution of vaccines to ensure that no country is left behind. The director-general of the World Health Organization also urged that priority be given to immunizing those most at risk around the world, he said.
“In this situation, the joint statement and the strong voices of 75 countries, including China, will strongly promote international anti-pandemic cooperation and make important contributions to the final victory of the pandemic,” Zhang said.