US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — More than 200 thousand people died from coronavirus infection, but many more victims are possible, especially in countries that are less prepared to fight a pandemic. This was stated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a press conference on video on Thursday, April 30.
“We grieve for lost lives – there are already more than 200 thousand of them,” he said.
The UN Secretary General expressed concern about the lack of cohesion with developing countries in the issue of supplying them with the necessary to combat the pandemic and to eliminate the economic and social consequences of the crisis that the virus led to.
According to Guterres, the UN “has fully mobilized to save lives, prevent hunger, alleviate pain, and plan recovery.”
He recalled that he had previously launched a global humanitarian action plan totaling $ 2 billion to finance the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries.
The Secretary General added that, thanks to UN measures, about 1.2 thousand tons of test kits for coronavirus and other necessary medical supplies were delivered to 52 African countries.
Earlier, on April 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN and G20 member countries agreed to create a $ 7.5 billion worth infection control program. According to him, it is dedicated to “Developing an antidote” against such infections and threats, helping those in need, and developing organizational measures that will help mobilize the world community in such situations.
Lavrov noted that the program has already been supported by the European Union, Saudi Arabia and the chairman of the G20.
Earlier, on April 18, Guterrish called for a coalition to develop a vaccine against coronavirus.
According to Worldometer data as of April 30, the number of cases of coronavirus in 212 countries is 3.3 million. Over the entire period of the epidemic, more than 231 thousand deaths were recorded. The number of cured amounted to over 1 million people.
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