United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is about to visit Russia.
In a meeting with reporters before the visit, Guterres encouraged UN staff working in countries that have approved Sputnik V to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
|Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is given free of charge to UN staff.|
Recalling that Russia had previously donated free vaccines to UN members, Guterres said: “Many UN staff have received the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.”
Guterres said that those who have received the Russian vaccine are a necessity in their work while others, if they wish, can wait for the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the matter. vaccine Sputnik V.
“We encourage UN staff working in countries where Sputnik V is vaccinated, to get this vaccine soon,” he added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Russia on May 11, and he is scheduled to hold an official meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the following day.
Earlier, in a speech sent to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin “touted” the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine product, Sputnik V.
“We are ready to share our experiences and continue our cooperation with all countries and international organizations, including in providing a proven vaccine against COVID-19,” said President Putin. reliable, safe and effective Russia for other countries”.
According to the Russian President, Russia is ready to provide free of charge SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine to UN staff, where many staff members are infected with nCoV due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Russia is ready to provide the United Nations with all necessary qualified assistance. In particular, we offer to provide free vaccines for the voluntary vaccination of UN staff,” he said. Putin said.
On August 11, Russia became the first country in the world to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Russia’s vaccine, called Sputnik V, is skeptical of the international community because it has only been studied in a small number of people and has not completed phase 3 trials.
At the time, Putin said that the Sputnik V vaccine had “proved to be effective and produces stable immunity”, and that his daughter also received the vaccine.
The Russian president has also injected the vaccine in the country but did not disclose which vaccine he received.
With the approval of up to four domestic vaccines, Russia is also promoting its own vaccination program in the context that many countries have not yet considered licensing this vaccine.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, putting nationalism in vaccine production is “a big mistake” and vaccine production now needs to be doubled.
“Some countries are vaccinating their populations very quickly, but we still have some countries that haven’t given a single dose, and in the developing world, in general, we see a gap.” significantly related to vaccination,” Guterres said in an interview with Russian news agencies.
Guterres expressed hope that all major vaccine manufacturers will be able to join the effort to bring a universal vaccination plan accessible to everyone, everywhere.
According to the UN Secretary-General, the COVAX mechanism, which aims to distribute vaccines globally, is not only still short of $22 billion in funding, but is currently being challenged by supply problems due to restrictions on exports due to imposed by different countries.