Guterres: The coronavirus is the biggest security threat. Earlier he said: The revealing thing is how a microscopic virus has brought us to our knees. This should generate a lot of humility and solidarity in world leaders to fight the coronavirus, but we know that there has been no unity. C
The outbreak of the new coronavirus “continues to be out of control,” said the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, during a press conference on the eve of the high-level debate of the 75th session of the General Assembly of United Nations.
“The covid-19 pandemic is a crisis different from any other crisis in our lives and, therefore, this year the general assembly will be different from any other,” said the diplomat, noting that humanity will soon exceed one million lives. lost due to coronavirus.
He pointed out that the coronavirus is the biggest security threat.
On the morning of this Wednesday, the WHO indicated that deaths from covid-19 in the world since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 930,260, while cases exceed 29.3 million.
On the eve of the start of the new session of the general assembly, the UN secretary general spoke in an interview with UN News.
-The covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world and has changed many things. Where would you say we are at right now?
– I’m very worried. The pandemic has shown the enormous fragility of the world not only in relation to covid-19, but also to climate change, the lack of regulation of the internet and the risks of nuclear proliferation, the impact of inequality and the lack of cohesion of the societies.
What is telling is how a microscopic virus has brought us to our knees. This should generate a lot of humility and solidarity in world leaders to fight the coronavirus, but we know that there has been no unity. Each country has adopted its own strategy and we are seeing the result: the virus has advanced everywhere.
In developing countries, people are suffering a lot from this lack of solidarity, which has a negative effect on everyone because if we cannot adequately deal with covid-19 in those countries, the virus will keep coming and going and we will all pay a very high price. high, including the richest nations in the world.
What would you expect governments and societies to do to overcome the emergency and emerge stronger?
– We all need to work together, in cooperation. It is essential that the vaccine is seen as a global public good, a people’s vaccine, and that there is no competition between countries trying to get as many vaccines as possible, forgetting those with the fewest resources.
We need an affordable vaccine for everyone everywhere because we will only be safe if everyone is safe. To think that we can protect rich people and let poor people suffer is a stupid mistake.