UN Secretary-General Urges the European Parliament to Approve COVID Vaccines for All

In a multilingual speech to the European Parliament in Brussels, the UN Secretary-General emphasized the importance of increasing immunization rates around the world.

The Secretary-General reaffirmed his recent request for an Emergency Task Force to mobilize pharmaceutical companies and key industry participants in putting in place a plan to ensure that the whole world population gets vaccinated by “as early as possible in 2022.”

Vaccine-producing countries, as well as states that could manufacture these therapies with aid from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Vaccine Alliance, GAVI, and international financial institutions, would-be members.

The Task Force would consider all methods for increasing vaccine production, including technological transfers, patent pooling, intellectual property sharing, and supply chain bottlenecks.

Mr Guterres told legislators from the 27-member union that he will use his second term as UN Secretary-General to develop more effective global cooperation to address common challenges.

He asked governments to consider imposing a “solidarity tax” or “wealth tax” on people who gained from the crisis, which would go toward paying socio-economic recovery.

Mr. Guterres acknowledged the delicate situation of the world and congratulated the EU for taking the lead in reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

As more countries join the fight for carbon neutrality, he says their pledges must be backed up by clear dates for terminating fossil fuel subsidies and financing, as well as plans to cut emissions in half by 2030.

The Secretary-General asked the EU to collect $100 billion to support climate action in developing countries, as committed under the Paris Agreement on climate change, ahead of the COP26 UN climate change summit in Scotland in November.

According to Mr Guterres, With many countries on the frontline of the climate crisis,  the EU has a moral imperative and a clear economic case for supporting developing countries to adapt and build resilience to current and future climate impacts, 

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