UN chief says globe is 'at war' with COVID
Thursday, 05 27 2021, Category: Economy, Country: World
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for the application of wartime logic in the international battle against COVID-19.
At the opening of the World Health Organization's main annual assembly of member states, Guterres lamented a "tsunami of suffering" sparked by the coronavirus crisis.
"We are at war with a virus," he said. "We need the logic and urgency of a war economy, to boost the capacity of our weapons."
The UN chief pointed out that more than 3.4 million people had died and some 500 million jobs had disappeared since the virus first surfaced in 2019.
"The most vulnerable are suffering most, and I fear this is far from over," Guterres said, stressing the dangers of "a two-speed global response."
"Sadly, unless we act now, we face a situation in which rich countries vaccinate the majority of their people and open their economies, while the virus continues to cause deep suffering by circling and mutating in the poorest countries," he said.