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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The State of Kuwait has called for international cooperation to ensure equitable distribution of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to all states.
Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations, pledged to make continuous and constructive efforts, in coordination with partners, to contribute to the international response to the pandemic.
“We are convinced that no one is immune to this virus and today’s discussion takes place two years after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which was the greatest challenge facing the world. since World War II,” Ambassador al-Otaibi said, addressing a high-level session held by the United Nations General Assembly on ways to boost full vaccination against the virus around the world. reported the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA).
The pandemic has claimed the lives of some six million people, infected more than 400 million people worldwide, inflicted horrific damage and caused massive repercussions in the social, economic, health and political sectors.
It is still widespread, claiming many victims and mutating into various groups such as Delta and Omicron, renewing the risks of the virus and adding to the strain on health systems in many states, the Kuwaiti envoy said.
The development of vaccines quickly renewed the hope of better stemming its spread. However, the mechanism for distributing vaccines to states was unfair, widening the gap between advanced and developing countries amid the projected expansion of poverty and longer lasting effects of the pandemic.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi called for coordinated efforts for an international response to the pandemic to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and pave the way for global vaccination. He also urged the international community to assume humanitarian and ethical responsibility and help developing countries in this regard.
At the national level, Kuwait has managed to immunize 85% of its population and there has been a growing desire to get the booster shot, he said, also indicating the start of a vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 years old. Abroad, Kuwait has made generous financial contributions to agencies tasked with fighting the pandemic.
He reaffirmed the need to help all countries in the fight against communicable diseases and to achieve the target set by the World Health Organization; vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by mid-2022.