António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the World Health Organization COVID-19 Launch Event

Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the World Health Organization COVID-19 Launch Event of a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for COVID-19.

“In an interconnected world, none of us is safe until all of us are safe. COVID-19 respects no borders. COVID-19 anywhere is a threat to people everywhere.

The world needs the development, production and equitable delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutics and diagnostics.

Not a vaccine or treatments for one country or one region or one-half of the world — but a vaccine and treatment that are affordable, safe, effective, easily-administered and universally available — for everyone, everywhere.

A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history.

Data must be shared, production capacity prepared, resources mobilized, communities engaged, and politics set aside.

I know we can do it. I know we can put people first”.

Full Remarks [as delivered]:

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