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Posted On: 29 September 2021 01:18 pm

Qatar affirms COVID-19 eradication requires equal access to vaccines

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Qatar affirms COVID-19 eradication requires equal access to vaccines

The State of Qatar has affirmed that the goal of eliminating COVID-19 will only be achieved through equality between countries and peoples in obtaining vaccines, as it is not envisaged that any country will be safe from the pandemic unless everyone is safe.

This came in the statement of the State of Qatar, delivered by the Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations office in Geneva Ibrahim Sultan Al Hashemi, at the Human Rights Council at its 48th session during the panel discussion on deepening inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Al Hashemi said that while the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many manifestations of solidarity and synergy between countries and peoples, this crisis has also revealed disparities and inequalities, especially with regard to the efforts of the international health and economic response to address the pandemic.

He pointed out that recognizing this, and based on its moral and humanitarian duty, as well as its conviction that addressing international challenges such as health pandemics is a common international responsibility, the State of Qatar has sought since the beginning of the crisis to mitigate its effects by providing various types of international assistance that have benefited more than 80 countries around the world. It also supported efforts related to fair and equitable access to vaccines for all in an accessible and equitable manner without any discrimination, he added.

In this regard, the State of Qatar provided support to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the COVAX mechanism, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the humanitarian initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable groups, especially refugees, displaced persons and migrants, Al Hashemi noted in the statement.

He underlined that at the national level, the State of Qatar has adopted since the beginning of the crisis, a perspective that takes into account basic human rights in providing healthcare to all segments of society without discrimination, stressing that Qatar is now close to vaccinating the majority of its population against the pandemic.

Source: Qatar News Agency