UN / COVID-19 FIVE MILLION FATALITIES

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With the world hitting the grim milestone of five million deaths due to COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this is “not just a number on a page, but represents lives cut short by a merciless virus that respects no borders,” according to a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 01 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, Flags outside UN headquarters

01 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Early this morning, you would have seen that we issued a message from the Secretary-General on the five millionth death worldwide due to COVID-19. He said that this is not just a number on a page, but represents lives cut short by a merciless virus that respects no borders. The Secretary-General called it a global shame that while wealthy countries are rolling-out third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, only about five per cent of people in Africa are fully vaccinated. He also noted that five million deaths should also stand as a clear warning that we cannot let our guard down. We are still seeing more deaths, overcrowded hospitals, and exhausted health workers. We also see the risk of new variants spreading and claiming more lives. He once again called on world leaders to fully support the Global Vaccination Strategy he launched with the World Health Organization last month. We need to get vaccines into the arms of 40 per cent of people in all countries by the end of this year — and 70 per cent by mid-2022.”
5. Wide shot, press room

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With the world hitting the grim milestone of five million deaths due to COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this is “not just a number on a page, but represents lives cut short by a merciless virus that respects no borders,” according to a UN spokesperson.

Referencing a message issued by the UN chief earlier this morning (01 Nov), UN spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez told reporters the Secretary-General “called it a global shame that while wealthy countries are rolling-out third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, only about five per cent of people in Africa are fully vaccinated.”

He also noted that “five million deaths should also stand as a clear warning that we cannot let our guard down,” adding that “we are still seeing more deaths, overcrowded hospitals, and exhausted health workers,” Soto Nino-Martinez said. “We also see the risk of new variants spreading and claiming more lives.”

The UN chief once again called on world leaders to fully support the Global Vaccination Strategy he launched with the World Health Organization last month. “We need to get vaccines into the arms of 40 per cent of people in all countries by the end of this year — and 70 per cent by mid-2022,” the UN spokesperson said.
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