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United Kingdom Ambassador James Kariuki told reporters that the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar “is getting worse each day as a third wave of COVID ravages the country.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

17 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, James Kariuki walks up to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“The humanitarian crisis in the country is getting worse each day as a third wave of COVID ravages the country. Prior to the coup, Myanmar had a strong vaccination record and was developing a COVID-19 plan. Now, Myanmar’s health system is barely functioning. Unacceptable attacks on hospitals, doctors, and nurses continue. And only three percent of the population are vaccinated.”
4. Wide shot, Kariuki at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“The UK is calling for an immediate and sustained humanitarian pause to allow vaccines to get in to all in need. And for medical and humanitarian staff to work without fear of attack. We will work with Council members and international partners including GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, and the UN, to ensure the people of Myanmar get access to vaccines in an equitable way, regardless of politics, ethnicity, or religion.”
6. Wide shot, Kariuki at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“Before the coup there was a good plan in Myanmar. Since then, there’s been a deterioration. I think the briefings were very clear about the impact of the political situation on the humanitarian crisis. Thanks very much.”
8. Wide shot, Geraldine Byrne Nason walks up to reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ireland:
“Delivery of humanitarian aid, and in particular delivery of COVID-19 related medication, supplies, vaccine rollout. That’s a non-political act. There should be no political interference with that. And we are hearing that there is, that people on the ground who need this are not getting help. We are also concerned of course about vulnerable people and the broader context like the Rohingya. The root causes of that have not been addressed.”
10. Zoom out, Byrne Nason walks away

STORYLINE:

United Kingdom Ambassador James Kariuki today (17 Aug) told reporters that the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar “is getting worse each day as a third wave of COVID ravages the country.”

Speaking outside the Security Council after a private meeting on Myanmar, Kariuki said, “prior to the coup, Myanmar had a strong vaccination record and was developing a COVID-19 plan. Now, Myanmar’s health system is barely functioning. Unacceptable attacks on hospitals, doctors, and nurses continue. And only three percent of the population are vaccinated.”

The British diplomat called for “an immediate and sustained humanitarian pause to allow vaccines to get in to all in need. And for medical and humanitarian staff to work without fear of attack.”

He said the UK delegation “will work with Council members and international partners including GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, and the UN, to ensure the people of Myanmar get access to vaccines in an equitable way, regardless of politics, ethnicity, or religion.”

Before the meeting, Ireland’s Ambassador said, “delivery of humanitarian aid, and in particular delivery of COVID-19 related medication, supplies, vaccine rollout. That’s a non-political act. There should be no political interference with that. And we are hearing that there is, that people on the ground who need this are not getting help. We are also concerned of course about vulnerable people and the broader context like the Rohingya. The root causes of that have not been addressed.”

Council members heard from Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Burgener and Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Ramesh Rajasingham.
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