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ECOSOC Pakistan Ambassador Munir Akram calls out for ensuring fair access to vaccines.

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of upgrading health systems, especially in developing countries, to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, said the head of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan.

“Our response towards all epidemics, especially the one that engulfs us today, should be of solidarity and international cooperation,” he said in a message marking the first-ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, which was observed on 27th December 2020.

The day was called for by the UN General Assembly to advocate the importance of the prevention of, preparedness for, and partnership against epidemics.

“The first and immediate task is to ensure that the vaccine against the Covid virus is distributed early and equitably to everyone,” Ambassador Akram said.

In this regard, he called for fully funding the $20 billion-short Covax facility, which is aimed at ensuring all countries will have equal access to any vaccines, once developed.

“Our performance in controlling the emerging and re-emerging of epidemics depends on the quality and efficiency of our health systems,” the ECOSOC president said, adding that it was also dependent on the strength and agility of early warning systems.

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