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Russia offers its vaccine for voluntary vaccination of UN staff and offices

Botswana Guardian

16/10/2020

Russia is proposing to hold an online high-level conference shortly for countries interested in cooperation in the development of anti-coronavirus vaccines.

Quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address to the 75th United Nations General Assembly, a spokesperson of the Russian embassy in Gaborone, Michael Sitnikov said that Russia is ready to share experience and continue cooperating with all states and international entities, including in supplying the Russian vaccine which has proved reliable, safe, and effective, to other countries.

Building on the scientific, industrial and clinical experience of its doctors Russia has promptly developed a range of test systems and medicines to detect and treat the coronavirus, as well as registered the worlds first vaccine, “Sputnik-Vi" Russia is of the strong belief that all capacities of the global pharmaceutical industry need to be employed so as to provide a free access to vaccination for the population of all states in the foreseeable future.

The country has been actively contributing to global and regional counter-COVID-19 efforts, providing assistance to most affected states both bilaterally and within multilateral formats with the World Health Organisation playing the central coordinating role.

According to Putin, a dangerous virus can affect anyone. The corona virus is a case in point, which has struck the staff of the United Nations, its headquarters and regional structures just like everyone else.

According to the statement from the embassy, Russia is ready to provide the UN with all the necessary qualified assistance; in particular, Russia is offering to provide its vaccine, free of charge, for the voluntary vaccination of the staff of the UN and its offices.

The statement said that such requests from the UN colleagues have already been received.

Delivering a video address on September 22, 2020 to the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly, Putin reminded that this year, the international community celebrates the jubilee of the two historic events: the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the United Nations.

These anniversaries help the whole world to recall the timeless principles of inter-State communication enshrined in the UN Charter and formulated by the founding fathers of this universal Organisation in the clearest and most unambiguous terms.

The UN has been ably fulfilling its mission of protecting peace, promoting sustainable development of the peoples and providing assistance in mitigating local crises. This enormous potential and expertise of the UN is relevant and serves as a solid basis for moving ahead.

At the same time the UN should not be stiff, but evolve in accordance with the dynamics of the modern world that is indeed becoming more complicated, multi-polar and multidimensional.

The current changes certainly have an effect on the principal UN body, the Security Council. Russia’s logic is that the Security Council should be more inclusive of the interests of all countries, base its work on the principle of the broadest possible consensus among States and continue to serve as the cornerstone of global governance, which cannot be achieved unless the permanent members of the Security Council retain their veto power.

Now the world is experiencing a new challenge of the corona virus pandemic. This disease has directly affected millions of people. Quarantines, border closures, numerous serious troubles to citizens of almost all States constitute the present-day reality.

Experts are yet to fully assess the scale of the social and economic shock caused by the pandemic and all its long-term consequences. However, it is already evident that it will take a really long time to restore the global economy. The only way to elaborate such solutions is to work together, which is the most important task for the UN and G20 States, as well as other leading inter­state organisations and integration associations.