PRRD TO UN: ‘GROSS INJUSTICE’ IF COVID-19 VACCINE WILL BE INACCESSIBLE TO POOR NATIONS
In his recorded message before the special session of the UN General assembly on COVID-19, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said poor nations should not be left behind in gaining access to the vaccine that will put a halt to the COVID-19 pandemic, rallying governments to act “not as separate nations, but one humanity.”
Duterte pushed anew for universal access to safe and effective COVID- 19 vaccines and technologies, stressing that “life-saving services and products must be made accessible to the most vulnerable. The most to the least.”
“Our first priority is to strengthen the capacity of health systems. Without the cure and vaccine, we can only delay the spread of the disease,” he said.
The president also expressed strong support for the global medical and scientific initiatives forged at the WHO, including the ACT Accelerator, COVAX Facility, and C-TAP. He further reaffirmed that the Philippines will do its part by contributing in the pooling of global resources and helping other countries without preconditions.