President Duterte gave an analysis of the vaccine supply situation all over the world in his UN message.
In his message at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Rodrigo Duterte gave an analysis of the vaccine supply situation all over the world.
This, as the President had slammed the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy countries.
The President gave a “bleak” analysis of the vaccine supply situation all over the world during the first day of the High-Level General Debate of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 22.
In a taped speech, President Duterte said that the picture was “bleak” as it’s a man-made drought of COVID-19 vaccines ravaging the poor countries.
“Rich countries hoard life-saving vaccines while poor nations wait for trickles. They now talk of booster shots for a (sic) developing countries consider half doses just to get by. This is shocking beyond belief and must be condemned for what it is: a selfish act that can neither be justified rationally nor morally,” President Duterte said.
The Philippines had limited resources for the procurement of the foreigner-made jabs and much of its vaccine supply have come from donations through the COVAX facility.
President Duterte said that they recognized that only inclusive multilateralism can deliver the global public goods they need and also believed that equality, fairness, and respect should always be the basis of engagement with one another.
The President then told the world body that the pandemic will not end unless the virus was defeated everywhere.
“Vaccines are key to achieving this. This is why the Philippines committed $1 million to the UN’s COVAX facility. This is our modest contribution to our collective fight against COVID-19,” Duterte said.
Moreover, President Duterte said that they strongly encouraged their privileged partners to fully support the COVAX facility and to further strengthen other cooperation mechanisms.