UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called for a UN resolution for global ceasefires so that vulnerable people living in conflict zones can be vaccinated against Covid-19.
His call came as he chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council and urged members to unite and agree a resolution for negotiated vaccine ceasefires.
More than 160 million people are at risk of being excluded from coronavirus vaccinations because of instability and conflict, including in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Warning that new variants could take hold in areas without vaccination programmes and result in further waves across the world, he also urged members to support equitable access to vaccines so that the most vulnerable can be protected from the virus.
“Global vaccination coverage is essential to beating coronavirus,” said Mr Raab. “That is why the UK is calling for a vaccination ceasefire to allow Covid-19 vaccines to reach people living in conflict zones and for a greater global team effort to deliver equitable access.
“We have a moral duty to act, and a strategic necessity to come together to defeat this virus.”
Picture: Children wearing protective masks look out the window of their home in Sanaa, Yemen, during the Covid-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters).