Today, Monday, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the possibility of the continued emergence of new mutated strains of the Coronavirus as a result of the unfair distribution of anti-vaccines among the countries of the world.
Guterres tweeted that the inequality in the distribution of vaccines allows the strains of COVID-19 to evolve to become more dangerous.
The UN chief stressed that a sustainable reduction in the number of cases in any country can only be achieved through a coordinated and equitable approach to vaccine distribution.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded nearly 240 million infections with the coronavirus globally, including more than 4.8 million deaths from deadly virus infection.
On the other hand, Guterres added that for the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is increasing, noting that last year about 120 million people fell into poverty, as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the global economy and societies.
He stressed that the unbalanced economic recovery deepens disparities between the North and the South.
He pointed out the importance of solidarity at work, and this came during his message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated by the UN yesterday.
Guterres noted that vaccine inequality allows variables to evolve and rush.
He condemned the world to millions of deaths and prolonging an economic slowdown that could cost trillions of dollars.
He went on to say that the world must end this disaster, address the debt crisis, and ensure that investment recovers in the countries most in need.
Guterres affirmed the need for stronger political will and partnerships to achieve universal social protection by 2030 and to invest in reskilling jobs for a growing green economy.
He recommends the world leaders invest more in good jobs in the care economy, which will promote greater equality and ensure that everyone gets the dignified care they deserve.