Global Vaccine Plan essential as COVID death toll passes 4m- UN chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasised urgent need for world to put a Global Vaccine in place to get pandemic under control as death toll passes four million.

Guterres, in a statement, said that global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and underlining urgent need for a Global Vaccine Plan.


“Many of us know this loss directly and feel its pain.

“We mourn mothers and fathers who gave guidance, sons and daughters who inspired us, grandmothers and grandfathers who shared wisdom, colleagues and friends who lifted our lives,” secretary-general said.

He said that while vaccines “offer a ray of hope” most of world lagged behind as “the  virus is outpacing vaccine distribution.”

“This pandemic is clearly far from over; more than half its victims died this year; many millions more are at risk if virus is allowed to spread like wildfire,” he warned.

According to him, more COVID-19 spreads, more variants we see, some of which are more transmissible, more deadly and more likely to undermine effectiveness of current vaccines.

“Bridging vaccine gap requires greatest global public health effort in history,” he added.

He, therefore, called for a Global Vaccine to, at least, double production of vaccines and ensure equitable distribution, using UN-supported COVAX international COVID inoculation facility, as main platform.

Guterres said an effective global would support implementation and financing, as well as increase countries’ readiness and capacity to roll out immunisation programmes, just as it would help tackle “ serious problem of vaccine hesitancy.”

“To realise this plan, I am calling for an Emergency Task Force that brings together all countries with vaccine production capacities.

secretary-general said that vaccine equity was “the greatest immediate moral test of our times,” calling it a practical necessity.

“Until everyone is vaccinated, everyone is under threat,” he said .(NAN)