First ‘virtual’ UN General Assembly: Order of Malta Grand Chancellor calls for fair, fast covid vaccine distribution
New York, 24 September 2020
The first ever ‘virtual’ United Nations General Assembly, under its main theme ‘Collective commitment to multilateralism’ included among the crucial global issues, the global health crisis: ‘confronting Covid-19 through effective multilateral action.’ The General Assembly’s new President, former Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir declared that “the most vulnerable have suffered most”.
In his Statement to the Assembly, Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager, called for a continued emphasis on human rights, and described the Order of Malta’s work for the pandemic: “The Order of Malta’s health units have been engaged on the Covid-19 front since the emergency began last spring. We have offered medical equipment and medicines for hospitals and clinics, protective gear for doctors and nurses. In many countries around the world we are working to reduce the negative social and economic effects on the weaker sections of the population.” Echoing the concern of Pope Francis and five heads of State, he also said that the Order believes …” that a fair, wide and fast distribution of the vaccine worldwide is not only ethical, but essential from the scientific point of view to contain possible next waves of the pandemic.”