World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Food Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley during a special meeting on Covid-19 spoke today and pointed out that 2021 is going to be a Crisis among people and rich countries must not tread on poor countries in a “stampede for vaccines” to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Top U.N officials spoke in the meeting today which included 193 members in the U.N General Assembly.
“2021 is literally going to be catastrophic based on what we’re seeing at this stage of the game,” said Beasley. He also said that for a number of countries, famine is going to “knock on the door.”
He said 2021 is most likely to be “the worst humanitarian crisis year since the beginning of the United Nations” which was 75 years ago and “we’re not going to be able to fund everything, hence we have to prioritize, as I say, the icebergs in front of the Titanic.”
The pandemic, measures taken by countries to try to stop its spread and the economic effect that happened as its result has accelerated a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian help, the United Nations had mentioned earlier this week. It has appealed for $35 billion in aid funding.
WHO head Tedros, appealed for an immediate injection of $4.3 billion into a world vaccine- sharing program. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his top officials have also called for COVID-19 vaccines to be made available to all and for rich countries to help developing countries combat and recover from the pandemic.
“We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines,” Tedros told the General Assembly. “This is a global crisis and the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods.”