Durban – The world must come together to ensure that no person, country and region is left behind to gain access to Covid-19 vaccines, President Cyril Ramaphosa told a global audience on Tuesday.
Addressing the launch of the ‘Recover Better Together’ post Covid-19 campaign organized by Global Citizen under the patronage of European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, Ramaphosa said South Africa is honored to support Global Citizen, and this Recover Campaign Better Together.
For the past 10 years, Global Citizen has been a leading voice in engaging governments, world leaders, philanthropists, activists, artists and global citizens to end extreme poverty.
Ramaphosa said that when the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, Global Citizen reacted quickly by hosting the “ One World: Together at Home ” benefit concert to support healthcare workers on the front lines.
“The substantial pledges made for coronavirus relief at this event have enabled NGOs around the world to help the most vulnerable,” he said.
“The campaign we are launching today recognizes that defeating the Covid-19 pandemic is essential if we are to make progress in the fight against poverty. To achieve this, we must deepen cooperation to ensure equitable access to vaccines. No one, no country and no region should be left behind. To fight the pandemic, we need to pool resources, capabilities, knowledge and intellectual property, ”Ramphosa said.
He called on world leaders to support the COVAX facility to ensure rapid and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for all countries and applauded French President Emmanuel Macron and the EU’s call for richer countries to do so. donation of 5% of their purchased vaccine stock to developing countries.
Ramaphosa said another important step is to enable the transfer of medical technology for the duration of the pandemic.
This, he said, would increase production of Covid-19 vaccines and other medical products, lower prices and improve distribution to reach all corners of the world.
“Along with these efforts to defeat the pandemic, we must work together to end hunger, promote education and resumption of learning, and protect the planet. In doing so, we will contribute to a just, equitable and inclusive recovery. The world will recover, it will recover better, and it will get back together. For the benefit of all, leaving no one behind, ”said Ramaphosa.
No country should be left behind in access to the Covid-19 vaccine: Ramaphosa
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