Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi attends a press conference. File photo
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the production and universal distribution of vaccines are the best way to try and end the Covid-19 pandemic.
He made the remarks as Pakistan assumed chairmanship of the G77, a coalition of more than 130 developing nations, for the year 2022, reports Xinhua news agency.
Addressing a virtual handover ceremony of the chairmanship to Pakistan, the Foreign Minister said the world is still battling the virus which has taken a massive human, economic, social and psychological toll.
He said the world is facing a triple crises: the Covid-19 pandemic, the related economic downturn and the threat posed by climate change.
Qureshi said the pandemic has affected developing countries disproportionately.
Due to weak health systems and meagre resources, millions in the developing world have suffered enormously and mostly in silence, he added.
He said that over 20 countries are food insecure and some are getting stalked by famine, especially in conflict zones in Africa and Afghanistan, according to Indo-Asian News Service.To address the contemporary challenges being faced by the world, the Foreign Minister said the survival of humanity requires the adoption of mutual support, solidarity and unity.
Half a million doses arrived Wednesday and the rest later on Thursday. The announcement by Asad Omar comes as Pakistan reported 4,974 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day jump since June last year.
Pakistan launched the trial last week for Ad5-nCoV, a vaccine candidate co-developed by CanSino Biologics and a Chinese military-backed research unit.
Falling COVID-19 infection numbers in Pakistan will not affect a Phase 3 clinical trial for a potential vaccine being developed by China's CanSino Biologics, which is expected to begin this month, according to officials running the trial.
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The Ministry stressed in a statement on Friday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
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