News ID: 280832
Published: 0434 GMT February 18, 2021

Iran calls for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Iran calls for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
IRNA

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that a successful fight against COVID-19 requires providing assistance to developing countries, equitable distribution of vaccines among world nations, and the removal of sanctions.

Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in an address at the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday which reviewed proper world access to the COVID-19 vaccines, IRNA reported.

He said that COVID-19 is a common enemy of humankind that targets the people without any distinction in the wake of race, religion, and nationality. 

Global efforts need to focus on mass production and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the ambassador said.

He complained that in many developing counties even a handful of citizens have not received the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

No one is safe anywhere in the world until everyone is immune to the virus, especially since the spread of new variants of the virus is so rapid, he said.

For the seizure of its financial resources due to the imposition of US illegal sanctions, Iran has not been able to compensate the damages made to private sector companies by the spread of the pandemic, the ambassador added.

Addressing the same meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the goal of providing vaccines to all as “the biggest moral test before the global community”, underlining that everyone, must be included.

He said, “Defeating COVID-19, now that we have begun to have the scientific capacity to do so, is more important than ever”, Mehr News Agency quoted Guterres as saying from a report on the UN official website.

“The world urgently needs a Global Vaccination Plan to bring together all those with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities,” said the UN chief proposing the world’s richest countries, the G20 nations, to form an Emergency Task Force to prepare the plan and coordinate its implementation and financing.

 

   
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