UN’s Guterres: Unfair vaccine distribution is ‘totally unacceptable’

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that vaccination efforts in rich countries could be undermined by new virus mutations in the global South 

Berlin, May, 28th 2021 – Inequities in vaccine distribution are “totally unacceptable,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Global Solutions Summit, warning that “anger” in countries falling behind could endanger international relations.  

Condemning vaccine nationalism and hoarding, Guterres said the vaccination campaigns of rich nations in the global North could be undermined by a vaccine-resistant mutation arising in the global South due to the lack of vaccines there.  

“It is absolutely essential to double the production of vaccines,” the UN chief said. “We must have an equitable distribution and we are far from having it.” 

Echoing Guterres’ comments, Martin Schulz, member of the German parliament and president of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, said it was “absolutely contra-productive to be egoistic and selfish in such a moment.” 

Guterres said that people in African and Latin American countries feel left behind, and that this could have “dramatic consequences” for global stability. “This anger can be very dangerous in relation to future international relations,” he said. 

 By Sophie Wingate, on behalf of the Global Solutions Initiative 


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