Covid-19: 'None of us is safe until all of us': UN chief; Nations pledge $ 8 billion for medical research

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary General Antonio Guterres He has said that overcoming the coronavirus pandemic will require the most massive public health effort in history as it is an interconnected world where none of us is safe until we are all safe.

His comments came when world leaders pledged 7.4 billion euros (about $ 8.2 billion) on Monday to support research and development of drugs to combat Covid-19 that has so far killed more than 2.5 lakh people and infected more than 3.6 million worldwide.

Leaders from 40 countries came together to support the ACT Accelerator through the Covid-19 Global Response International Engagement Event, organized by the European Commission.

Some € 7.4 billion was pledged for research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapies.

Guterres noted the launch of the last month of the historic effort initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a number of leading countries to accelerate the scientific advance necessary to control the coronavirus, known as the ACT Accelerator.

He appreciated the contribution and launch of the ACT Accelerator, a landmark global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to new Covid-19 diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines.

The UN chief said these new tools can help the world fully control the pandemic and should be treated as global public goods available and affordable to all.

Comprehensive and coordinated public health measures are critical to delay transmission and save lives. But even countries that have taken such measures are still in danger. And the virus is likely to affect many countries that are less able to cope. In an interconnected world, none of us is safe until we are all safe, ”he said.

Addressing the European Union Pledge Conference in Brussels, Guterres said the most massive public health effort in history is needed to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 has spread to all corners of the world, infecting more than three million people and claiming more than 220,000 lives, Guterres said in his comments that came after a warning in recent days about insufficient solidarity. with developing countries, both to equip them to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, which runs the risk of spreading like a forest fire, and to address its dramatic economic and social impacts.

We have a common vision. Now put people first everywhere, added the UN chief.

In addition to the European Commission that organized Monday's event on behalf of the EU, countries involved in the overall effort include, Rwanda, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia , Finland and Costa Rica.

Neither of the two largest economies, the US USA Or China has so far joined the ACT Accelerator campaign.