U.N. warns 2021 will likely be the ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ in decades

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Next year is shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe and rich countries must not trample poor countries in a “stampede for vaccines” to combat the coronavirus pandemic, top U.N. officials told the U.N. General Assembly on December 4.


World Food Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley and World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke during a special meeting on COVID-19, which emerged in China late last year and has so far infected 65 million globally.


The WFP head, in particular, said next year is “literally going to be catastrophic based on what we’re seeing at this stage of the game.”


He said 2021 was likely to be “the worst humanitarian crisis year since the beginning of the United Nations” 75 years ago.


Tedros, for his part, appealed for an immediate injection of $4.3 billion into a world vaccine-sharing program.


“We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines,” Tedros told the General Assembly. “This is a global crisis and the solutions must be shared equitably as global public goods.”


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his top officials have also called for COVID-19 vaccines to be made available to all and for rich countries to help developing countries combat and recover from the


The pandemic, measures taken by countries to try to stop its spread and the economic impact have fueled a 40 percent increase in the number of people needing humanitarian help, the United Nations said earlier last week. It has appealed for $35 billion in aid funding.


Source: Asia Plus