There is a profound imbalance in the distribution of Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, with African countries having received only two per cent of global vaccines, the United Nations (UN) has said.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who issued a statement in commemoration of Africa Day yesterday, noted that there is a need to ensure equitable and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines to end the pandemic, support economic recovery and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“On this Africa Day, I renew my call to developed nations to stand in solidarity with Africa. COVID-19 has triggered a global recession that has exposed deep-seated inequalities and vulnerabilities. It is endangering hard-won development gains throughout Africa and beyond,” he said, adding that the pandemic has also heightened the drivers of conflict by increasing inequalities and revealing the fragility of governance in many nations, particularly in the delivery of basic services such as healthcare, education, electricity, water and sanitation.
Moreover, Guterres stated that Africa’s rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage can provide a strong foundation for inclusive economic progress as the continent strives to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year’s Africa Day highlights arts, culture and heritage as levers for building the Africa we want. Africa’s rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage is important for sustainable development, poverty reduction and building and maintaining peace,” he stated.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)