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Covid-19 vaccine alone not to change situation drastically, - UN Chief

Source : 112 Ukraine

Antonio Guterres called for “a quantum leap in funding” in order for the vaccine to be affordable and available to all
11:39, 17 September 2020

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still tops a long list of global problems and remains out of control. This was stated by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a press conference.

The diplomat noted that a Covid-19 vaccine was "no panacea in a pandemic."

A vaccine alone cannot solve this crisis, certainly not in the near term. We need to massively expand new and existing tools that can respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months," Guterres stated.

Related: Poverty caused by Covid-19 pandemic threatens 100 million people worldwide, - WB

He emphasized that because the virus “respects no borders,” a vaccine must be seen as “a global public good,” affordable and available to all, which requires “a quantum leap in funding.” 

As we reported earlier, on September 8, the Health Ministry of Russia released the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 to the civil circulation.

“The first batch of the vaccine for prevention of the new coronavirus infection Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V), developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Health Ministry of Russia, passed all necessary trials on quality in the laboratories of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare and released to the civil circulation,” the ministry informed.

Related: WHO: Current pandemic is not the last one; we need to prepare for another one

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