Tehran (IP) - United Nations Secretary-General says solidarity and coordination are crucial, within and among countries to fight COVID-19, adding “no one is safe unless all of us are safe.” 

Iran PressAmerica: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for the first observance of the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, 27 December 2020, said the UN system, including the World Health Organization, is strongly committed to supporting Governments and all partners in strengthening epidemic preparedness.

Guterres said: “With COVID-19 having now killed more than 1.7 million people, devastated economies, upended societies and exposed the world’s vulnerabilities in the starkest ways, the value of health emergency preparedness has hit home like never before.” 

“Preparedness is a sound investment, costing far less than emergency expenditures. Societies need stronger health systems, including universal health coverage. People and families need more social protection. Communities on the frontlines need timely support. Countries need more effective technical cooperation. And we need to pay greater attention to the encroachment of people and livestock into animal habitats; 75 percent of new and emerging human infectious diseases are zoonotic,” he added.

“Across this work, science must be our guide.  Solidarity and coordination are crucial, within and among countries; no one is safe unless all of us are safe,” Guterres stressed

“This International Day falls on the birthdate of Louis Pasteur, the French biologist responsible for ground-breaking work on vaccinations. In honoring his work, I salute today’s medical professionals, front-line personnel and essential workers who have carried the world through this emergency with such remarkable commitment,” the UN chief noted.

“As we recover from the pandemic, let us resolve to build up our prevention capacities so that we are ready when the world faces the next outbreak,” he concluded.


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