UN chief receives COVID-19 vaccine in New York |
In a tweet, Mr Guterres expressed his gratitude and happiness at receiving the sting and called on the international community to ensure that vaccines are available to all on an equitable basis. “With this pandemic, none of us is safe until we are all safe,” he wrote.
Guterres, 71, was eligible to receive the vaccine because of his age: New York residents over 65 years of age are included in the current stage of vaccinations in the city, which includes school workers, first responders, public transport workers and grocers.
In December, Mr Guterres stated that he would like to receive the vaccine publicly and said that vaccination was a moral obligation for him: “Each of us does a service to the whole community,” he said, “because there is none More risk of spreading the disease. “
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Journalists and camera crews were invited to watch the UN chief receive his recording, which came at a time when in many countries a significant proportion of their citizens were expressing “vaccine reluctance”.
The United Nations regional offices have noted significant distrust and in some countries, including Japan and several European nations, around half the population is reportedly unsure whether they are currently receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena, commenting on the UN chief’s vaccination appointment on behalf of the mayor’s office, said she was encouraged that the secretary-general secured his appointment online and received the vaccine at a New York City public school. in the same way as many other city dwellers.
“This will go a long way in building confidence in our communities that the vaccine is safe for everyone,” she said.