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Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that the level of COVID-19 vaccine inequity is “appalling,” adding that “it is truly disheartening to see that whilst most of our countries have inoculated less than 2 per cent of our populace and thus, seek for more vaccines for our people, other countries are about to roll out the third dose, calling it ‘booster vaccine’.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YOKR CITY

2.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania:
“The level of vaccine inequity that we see is appalling. It is truly disheartening to see that whilst most of our countries have inoculated less than 2 per cent of our populace and thus, seek for more vaccines for our people, other countries are about to roll out the third dose, calling it ‘booster vaccine’. We tend to forget that nobody is safe until everyone is safe. It is indispensable that countries with surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses share them with other countries.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania:
“It is our humble request that patent rights on COVID-19 vaccines should be waived for developing countries so that they can afford to produce the vaccines. This is not only a necessary move to end this pandemic but also the right thing to do in order to save humanity.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania:
“Aware that being passionate about gender equality is not sufficient, my government is reviewing policy and legal frameworks in order to come up with actionable and measurable plans to ensure economic empowerment of women but also other aspects pertaining to gender equality and gender parity. We are also working on designing an implementation gender responsive macro-economic plans, budget reforms and stimulus packages with the objective of reducing the number of women and girls’ living in poverty.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania:
“I call for transparent modality for financial disbursement and emphasize that developed countries should fulfill their commitment to contribute USD 100 billion annually by 2025 so as to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

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Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that the level of COVID-19 vaccine inequity is “appalling,” adding that “it is truly disheartening to see that whilst most of our countries have inoculated less than 2 per cent of our populace and thus, seek for more vaccines for our people, other countries are about to roll out the third dose, calling it ‘booster vaccine’.”

Addressing the General Assembly today (23 Sep) in New York, Tanzania’s President Hassan said that while globally, the COVID-19 vaccines were being developed, the virus is moving faster than the global production and distribution of vaccines, as the vast majority of vaccines have been administered in high and upper-middle-income countries.

She noted that with the current pace, it is less likely that Tanzania will meet the WHO’s threshold of vaccinating at least 40 percent of people in every country by the end of 2021, and at least 70 percent by the first half of 2022.

The Tanzanian President requested that the patent rights on COVID-19 vaccines “should be waived for developing countries so that they can afford to produce the vaccines.”

She reiterated, “this is not only a necessary move to end this pandemic but also the right thing to do in order to save humanity.”

As the first female President in the history of Tanzania, President Samia Hassan said, “aware that being passionate about gender equality is not sufficient, my government is reviewing policy and legal frameworks in order to come up with actionable and measurable plans to ensure economic empowerment of women but also other aspects pertaining to gender equality and gender parity.”

She added, “we are also working on designing an implementation gender responsive macro-economic plans, budget reforms and stimulus packages with the objective of reducing the number of women and girls’ living in poverty.”

The challenges of climate change are really affecting livelihoods, peace and security and forceful displacement of the Tanzanian people, said the President.

She noted that Tanzania government spends 2 to 3 percent of GDP to mitigate and build resilience of communities, and this is a lot in a country which is still grappling with poverty coupled with emergency of the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic has compromised its capacity to respond to harmful impact of climate change.

The President called for “transparent modality for financial disbursement and emphasize that developed countries should fulfill their commitment to contribute USD 100 billion annually by 2025 so as to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”
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