11:14 uur 11-03-2021

Wereldwijde immunisatie mogelijk tegen 2022 met eerlijke distributie van vaccins, zegt speciale gezant van de WHO COVID-19

  • Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus: Vaccinationalisme zal het pandemische, menselijke en economische lijden verlengen
  • Lord Martin Rees: Mensen op Mars laten vestigen is een ‘gevaarlijke waanvoorstelling’

DUBAI, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Tijdens de World Government Summit Dialogues schetsten wereldleiders oplossingen voor de meest urgente uitdagingen van de mensheid tijdens het virtuele evenement op 9 en 10 maart.

Dr.David Nabarro, speciaal gezant voor COVID-19 bij de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO), beweerde dat het oneerlijke gewicht van de toegang tot vaccins ten gunste van rijke landen het wereldwijde herstel van de gezondheidszorg en economische crises mogelijk tot na 2022 zal vertragen.

“Hoewel de inspanning van COVAX lovenswaardig is, is dit niet ethisch,” zei Dr. Nabarro als een paar landen de meerderheid van de voorraden afnemen en een minimale hoeveelheid geld en vaccins achterlaten voor de rest.

Global Immunization Possible by 2022 With Fair Vaccine Distribution, Says WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy

  • Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus: Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, human and economic suffering
  • Lord Martin Rees: Having people settle on Mars is a “dangerous delusion”

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The World Government Summit Dialogues saw world leaders outline solutions to humanity’s most urgent challenges during the virtual event on 9-10 March.

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The World Government Summit Dialogues saw world leaders outline solutions to humanity’s most urgent challenges (Photo: AETOSWire)

The World Government Summit Dialogues saw world leaders outline solutions to humanity’s most urgent challenges (Photo: AETOSWire)

Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO), claimed the unfair weighting of vaccine access in favour of rich countries will delay the global recovery from the healthcare and economic crises, potentially beyond 2022.

“While the COVAX effort is commendable, if a few countries take the majority of the supplies and leave minimal cash and vaccine supplies behind for the rest, this is not ethical,” Dr. Nabarro said.

The current “free-for-all” approach to vaccine supplies with “a small number of nations trying to outbid one another”, doesn’t work. But “fair access to vaccine for everybody, the objective for immunization, at least by 2022, is a reasonable prospect,” he said.

Earlier, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, said: “Vaccine nationalism will only prolong the pandemic, and the human and economic suffering that goes with it. Health must be seen not as a cost to be contained but as an investment in productive and resilient populations, and a key to sustainable development.”

Later, the Right Honourable Lord Martin Rees, President, the Royal Society, said reasons to study and explore other planets must be carefully considered. He claimed: “The idea of Elon Musk to have a million people settle on Mars is a dangerous delusion. Living on Mars is no better than living on the South Pole or the tip of Mount Everest.

“The only reason for humans to go to space would be for adventure. To live on Mars is not going to be easy. Mars has a hostile environment.”

His thoughts were backed-up by the eminent astrophysicist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said: “To ship a billion people to another planet to help them survive a catastrophe on earth seems unrealistic.”

The World Government Summit Dialogues convened leaders from around the world virtually to predict the trends that will shape the future, post-pandemic society. For more details about the event, visit: https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/

*Source: AETOSWire


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