UN on Sunday welcomed G7 nations’ commitment to immediate sharing of 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the pandemic.
The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, in a statement, said equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines represented the clearest pathway out of the pandemic for all, including children.
She noted that the commitments announced by G7 member were an important step in that direction.
Fore also said that they have reached a grim milestone in this pandemic; there are already more deaths from COVID-19 in 2021 than in all of last year and Without urgent action, this devastation will continue.
The UNICEF top official noted the need for a “ramp up” in both the amount and pace of supply.
According to her, when it comes to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, “our best interests and our best natures align and this crisis will not be over until it is over for everyone.”
In addition, she said the virus mutated and produced new variants that could potentially threaten the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike as the pandemic raged.
COVAX will work with the G7 and other countries that have stepped up to share doses as rapidly and equitably as possible to help address short-term supply constraints.