UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Britain on Friday presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an immediate “sustained humanitarian suspension” by all parties fighting to vaccinate those in conflict areas against COVID-19.
The resolution reiterates last July 1 the proposed resolution calling on the Council to “stop public and immediate hostility” in major conflicts from Syria and Yemen to the Central African Republic, Mali and Sudan and Somalia. UN to deal with corona virus outbreak Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on March 23, 2020.
The draft “emphasizes the need for solidarity, equity and performance and calls for donations of vaccines from developed economies to low- and middle-income countries and other countries in need, including the Kovacs facility.”
The British draft emphasizes that “equivalent access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines certified safe and effective is essential to end the epidemic.”
It declares that “comprehensive immunization against COVID-19 is a universal public benefit for health, in order to end the epidemic.
The draft, obtained by the Associated Press, called on British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb on Wednesday to pass a resolution calling for local ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the 15-member Security Council to deliver the Covit-19 vaccine.
Britain says more than 160 million people are at risk of being excluded from the corona virus vaccine because they live in countries mired in conflict and instability.
“Ceasefires have been used in the past to vaccinate the most vulnerable communities,” Rob said. “There’s no reason we can’t … We’ve seen polio vaccines for children in Afghanistan in the past, take an example.”
At the council meeting on Wednesday, Goodres Cowit strongly criticized the “grossly random and unfair” distribution of the vaccine, saying that 10 countries had managed 75% of all vaccines and called for a global effort to vaccinate all people in each country as soon as possible.
UN The chairman declared at the summit that not even a single dose of the vaccine was available to 130 countries, adding that “at this crucial juncture, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.”
The corona virus has infected more than 109 million people, killing at least 2.4 million of them. Many countries complain of being left out as manufacturers struggle to increase vaccine production, and even rich countries face shortages and domestic complaints.
Guterres’ request for a ceasefire last March to provide COVID-19 medical supplies received some initial support, but ceasefires have always been short-lived.
While the pace of vaccine development has been impressive, Kovacs has already lost its own goal of launching corona virus vaccines in poorer countries, while footage was released in rich countries late last year.
The WHO estimates that Kovacs will need $ 5 billion by 2021.
The draft resolution calls on countries’ COVID-19 vaccination programs to “include high-risk and leading workers, the elderly, refugees, internally displaced persons, the most vulnerable, including immigrants, and others with disabilities, including those with disabilities, and any NGO group. People living in areas under control. ”
The proposed measure would increase scientific collaboration on new variants of COVID-19.
In countries where conflicts and humanitarian emergencies occur, it asks Guterres to report all barriers to COVID-19 response, including vaccination programs, at least once every 90 days.
It is unclear whether the resolution will be adopted.
Britain’s UN ambassador Barbara Woodward said on Wednesday that humanitarian organizations and the UN Agencies also need the full support of the board to do their job.
Russia’s UN envoy Wassily Nebenzia has objected to the focus on equal access to vaccines, saying it is beyond his mandate to maintain international peace and security. He pointed out that Moscow was not interested in a new resolution.