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COVID-19: UN seeks equal access to vaccines

The President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Professor Tijjani Bande, says the world body is pushing for equal access to COVID-19 vaccines by all countries once the vaccines are available.

He made this known while addressing a virtual press conference, stressing that developing countries have done better than developed countries as regards the management of the pandemic.

The UNGA president explained that COVID-19 had spread rapidly and extensively to most countries in the world, resulting in considerable mortality in Europe and the United States, as well as in numerous upper-middle-income countries in South America and Asia.

According to him, experts predicted millions of COVID-19 deaths in Africa because many countries in the continent rank poorly on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, adding that more than five months after the first cases in Africa were detected, prevalence and mortality are still low.

He said COVID-19 has reminded the world that no nation can have peace when it neighbours are having no peace, adding that the pandemic has brought this to bear directly.

On Mali crisis, the UNGA President noted that the region has a very strong body Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) that the leadership has been given to to handle the issue. 

Hamza Alkali 

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