Head of state: In the face of global health crisis, the "vaccine nationalism" is worrisome

Head of state: In the face of global health crisis, the "vaccine nationalism" is worrisome

© APA | President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

# 13 July 2021 16:24 (UTC +04:00)

"In the face of global health crisis, the "vaccine nationalism" is worrisome," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at a Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, held in a video format today, APA reports.

"Azerbaijan has publicly criticized the conduct of some countries that stockpile far more vaccines than they require. So far, more than 82 percent of the world’s vaccine doses have been purchased by wealthy countries, while only 0.9 percent have gone to low-income countries. Such an attitude hinders the ability of developing, in particular least developed countries to protect their populations.

To address this problem, Azerbaijan, on behalf of the NAM initiated a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council on ensuring equitable, universal access to vaccines for all countries, which was unanimously approved this March.

Moreover, we have used every occasion to urge developed countries and international donor organizations to provide assistance to developing, in particular least developed countries against the pandemic.

Taking into account the cross-cutting nature of challenges, Azerbaijani Chairmanship has held online meetings of ministers of health, ministers of labor. We are also planning to convene meetings of other line ministries including those in charge of communication, education," noted the head of state.

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