Pakistan joins UNGA president’s push for vaccine equity

“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” the Pakistani envoy said.

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UNITED NATIONS, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram was among the first diplomats to join a vaccine equity campaign initiated by General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid at the start of the New Year.

“The only hope for a sustainable and swift recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure equitable access to vaccines for everyone, everywhere,” the 193-member Assembly president said while launching the social media campaign entitled, “New Year’s Resolution for Vaccine Equity”.

“Towards this end, we must join hands and resolve to work together,” President Shahid said.

“Let us be redoubling our efforts during 2022 to ensure vaccine equity in the world.”

A press release from the Pakistan Mission to the UN said that Ambassador Akram joined the campaign and expressed his support and reiterated that a sustainable and swift recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure equitable access to vaccines for everyone, everywhere.

“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” the Pakistani envoy said.

Earlier, the General Assembly also adopted four resolutions tabled by Pakistan on regional disarmament, conventional arms control, and confidence-building measures at regional levels, and negative security assurances.

As one of the top troop contributors to UN Peacekeeping, Pakistan continued to serve to keep peace in far-flung missions.

Pakistan demonstrated a strong commitment to the peacekeeping ministerial process, Ambassador Akram said.

Pakistan consistently advocated for a strong people-centric international response to Covid-19 based on solidarity and cooperation to support global economic recovery, achievement of the SDGs, while addressing the challenges faced by developing countries.

“We have also made a strong call for an equitable and universal access to vaccine while giving priority to vulnerable groups,” he said.

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