PM for declaring Covid-19 vaccine as ‘global public goods’
News Desk || risingbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call to declare the Covid-19 vaccine as a "global public goods".
She made the call while addressing a summit on Covid-19 in the US presidential palace, White House on Wednesday.
She added "To guarantee universal access, local production of vaccines by developing countries and LDCs (Least Development Countries) which have the capacity must be allowed."
A pre-recorded statement was broadcast the "Covid-19 White House Global Covid-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better".
US President Joe Biden convened the virtual summit this morning (local time: 11 am).
Speaking at the summit, Biden called on chiefs of state, heads of government and international organizations, business, philanthropic, and non-government leaders to come together for ending the Covid-19 pandemic.
German Chancellor Angela Markel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesian President Zoko Widodo, African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Follow-up events slated for later this year and early 2022 are intended to hold participants accountable for their commitments, the White House told invitees.
Sheikh Hasina also said her government has adopted a three-fold approach to fight the Covid-19 pandemic being the first one with saving lives by allocating adequate medical facilities, equipment, life saving drugs and resources.