Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The United Nations General Assembly has said that the world body is pushing for equal access to COVID-19 vaccines by all countries once they are available.
The UNGA President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said developing nations, including Nigeria and other African countries, had done better than the developed nations with the management of the pandemic.
Muhammad-Bande said this on Monday during a virtual press conference.
The UNGA President noted that COVID-19 had spread rapidly and extensively to most countries in the world, resulting in considerable mortality in Europe and the United States as well as in numerous upper middle-income countries in South America and Asia.
Experts had predicted millions of COVID-19 deaths in Africa because many countries on the continent rank poorly on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index.
However, more than five months after the first cases in Africa were detected, the prevalence and mortality are still low.
Muhammad-Bande stated, “COVID-19 has reminded us that we cannot have peace when your neighbours are having no peace; you cannot be healthy when your neighbours are not healthy. The pandemic has brought this to bear directly.”