Azerbaijani President addresses 74th session of the World Health Assembly
(MENAFN – AzerNews) The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Assembly (WHO) met for its 74th session – “End this pandemic, prevent the next : building together a healthier, safer and fairer world ”on May 24-31 in video format.
At the invitation of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a statement by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in video format was presented today at the closing ceremony of the session.
The Heads of State and Government of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Argentina, Malaysia, Australia and Bhutan delivered guest addresses during the session specials.
“Distinguished delegates, I have the honor to welcome our high-ranking guest, who will now address the Assembly,” said 74th World Health Assembly President Dechen Wangmo. “I am happy to give the floor to His Excellency Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”
“Distinguished Director-General, Distinguished delegates, I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude for the invitation to speak at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly which takes place at a very difficult time for the global health agenda. health due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, ”the president said.
“Azerbaijan supports the leading role and efforts of the World Health Organization in global health governance, including in coordinating the global response to the pandemic,” the president said.
“From the first days of the pandemic, Azerbaijan has taken practical measures to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on the population and keep the situation under control,” the president said. “In a short time, 13 modular hospitals and a regular hospital were built. The total number of beds designated to treat COVID patients nationwide is over 10,000. “
“At the same time, the socio-economic stimulus package worth almost $ 2 billion has been released to support people and businesses affected by COVID,” the president said.
“Following comprehensive measures, our country has gradually relaxed the quarantine regime,” said the president.
“We have launched a vaccination campaign since mid-January of this year using 99.94% of the ” Sinovac ” vaccines and the rest of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik vaccines,” said the president. “Two million doses of vaccine have already been administered. This number constitutes 20% of our total population. All citizens over the age of 18 can be vaccinated voluntarily. COVID-19 passports are issued to people who have been vaccinated.
“We welcome the designation of 2021 as the Year of the Health and Care Workers,” said the President. “Azerbaijan has very fruitful cooperation with the World Health Organization. Last year, the World Health Organization hailed Azerbaijan as an exemplary country in the fight against the pandemic.
“Azerbaijan has always propagated the importance of showing committed global solidarity to overcome the pandemic,” the president said. “In his capacity as President of the Non-Aligned Movement, Azerbaijan has launched a number of global initiatives, in particular the holding of the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in May 2020 and the convening of the Special Session of Nations United General Assembly at the level of heads of state and government in December 2020 which was supported by over 150 states. “
“Azerbaijan has made voluntary financial contributions to the World Health Organization in the amount of $ 10 million and has provided humanitarian and financial assistance to more than 30 countries regarding the coronavirus,” said the President.
“Azerbaijan has publicly condemned the actions of some countries which buy several times more vaccines than their real needs and deprive developing countries from protecting their populations,” the president said. “Persistent ‘vaccine nationalism’ and worsening inequalities in vaccine access between developing and developed countries are worrisome. According to international reports, so far, more than 82 percent of vaccine doses worldwide have been purchased by rich countries, while only 0.3 percent have gone to low-income countries.
“To meet this challenge, Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, launched a resolution on ensuring universal and equitable access for all countries to vaccines at the Human Rights Council of the UN, which was adopted unanimously last March, ”said the president.
“We strongly encourage developed countries and international donor organizations to support developing countries, especially least developed countries to this end,” the president said. “Thank you.”
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