Guterres: Only a safe vaccine can bring back “normalcy”

A Covid-19 vaccine may be the only thing that can bring back "normalcy," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, hoping for just that before the end of the year.


"A safe and effective vaccine may be the only tool that can return the world to a sense of 'normalcy,' saving millions of lives and countless trillions of dollars," he added during a video conference with the 50 or so African countries that are members of the United Nations.

He called for its accelerated development and accessibility to all, adding it must have a "universal global benefit" and "allow us to control the pandemic”. Guterres said his appeal on 25 March for $2bn in donations for a comprehensive UN humanitarian response to the pandemic had so far raised about 20% of that amount.  Through the WHO, the United Nations has been able to equip 47 African countries with Covid-19 tests, he said.

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