Statement by President Ilham Aliyev presented in video format at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly – AZERTAC
Baku, May 31, AZERTAC
The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Assembly (WHA), met for its 74th session on the theme: “End this pandemic, prevent the following: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world ”on May 24 and 31 in a video format.
At the invitation of the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a statement by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in video form 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.
74th World Health Assembly President Dechen Wangmo said: Distinguished delegates, I have the honor to welcome our high-ranking guest, who will now address the Assembly. It is my pleasure to give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Statement by Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Distinguished General Manager,
I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude for the invitation to speak at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly which is taking place at a very difficult time for the global health agenda due to the current pandemic of COVID-19.
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.
From the first days of the pandemic, Azerbaijan took practical measures to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on the population and keep the situation under control. 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 was released to support people and businesses affected by COVID.
Thanks to comprehensive measures, our country has gradually relaxed the quarantine regime.
We have started a vaccination campaign since mid-January this year using the 99.94% “Sinovac” vaccines and the other AstraZeneca and Sputnik vaccines. 2 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.
Azerbaijan maintains 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. 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 extraordinary session of the General of United Nations. Assembly at the level of heads of state and government in December 2020 which was supported by more than 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.
Azerbaijan has publicly condemned the actions of some countries which buy several times more vaccines than their real needs and prevent developing countries from protecting their populations. The persistent “vaccine nationalism” and the growing inequality in access to vaccines between developing and developed countries are worrying. According to international reports, to date, more than 82% of vaccine doses worldwide have been purchased by rich countries, while only 0.3% have gone to low-income countries.
To address this challenge, Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, launched a resolution to ensure equitable and universal access for all countries to vaccines at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which has was adopted unanimously in March.
We strongly encourage developed countries and international donor organizations to support developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to this end.
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