UN / ENDING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

23-Sep-2022 00:02:16
Speaking at a meeting on ending the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “it’s time to build political momentum to finish the job on COVID-19. Let’s get it done. Let’s end this pandemic, once and for all.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ENDING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations\

23 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY
2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“it’s time to build political momentum to finish the job on COVID-19. Let’s get it done. Let’s end this pandemic, once and for all.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must close the booster gap. Vaccine booster coverage remains low everywhere. But low-income countries, in particular, are still struggling — with only 35 per cent of health care workers, and 31 per cent of older populations, fully vaccinated and boosted. Our top priority continues to be getting vaccines into arms. This must include addressing the shadow pandemic of vaccine hesitancy, and countering misinformation with lifesaving facts.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must close the testing gap. Testing rates are plummeting everywhere, exposing the world to potential variants and undermining the rollout of new treatments. Giving these new medicines a chance means dramatically expanding testing and treatment coverage, especially for low and middle-income countries.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And third — we must close the preparedness gap. Now is the time to strengthen our defense against future threats by investing in early warning systems, local manufacturing and diagnostic capabilities, and a well-paid, well-supplied health workforce. We must never be caught so unprepared again.”
10. Wide shot, conference room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“we have the tools to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end, but only if we vaccinate all health workers and older people, keep testing and expand access to effective antivirus That doesn't mean the virus will go away. It means countries will be able to transition managing it alongside other respiratory diseases.”
12. Wide shot, conference room
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Speaking at a meeting on ending the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “it’s time to build political momentum to finish the job on COVID-19. Let’s get it done. Let’s end this pandemic, once and for all.”

Guterres reiterated at the meeting today (23 Sep) in New York that the virus is treatable and can be brought under control — even among high-risk populations.

In order to do so, Guterres listed three major gaps that will need to be closed.

Firstly, he said, “we must close the booster gap. Vaccine booster coverage remains low everywhere. But low-income countries, in particular, are still struggling — with only 35 per cent of health care workers, and 31 per cent of older populations, fully vaccinated and boosted.”

Guterres reiterated, “our top priority continues to be getting vaccines into arms. This must include addressing the shadow pandemic of vaccine hesitancy, and countering misinformation with lifesaving facts.”

Second, “we must close the testing gap,” the UN chief said.

He explained, “testing rates are plummeting everywhere, exposing the world to potential variants and undermining the rollout of new treatments.”

Guterres also said, “giving these new medicines a chance means dramatically expanding testing and treatment coverage, especially for low and middle-income countries.”
“And third — we must close the preparedness gap,” he said, adding that “now is the time to strengthen our defense against future threats by investing in early warning systems, local manufacturing and diagnostic capabilities, and a well-paid, well-supplied health workforce. We must never be caught so unprepared again.”

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also spoke at the meeting.

He said, “we have the tools to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end, but only if we vaccinate all health workers and older people, keep testing and expand access to effective antivirus That doesn't mean the virus will go away. It means countries will be able to transition managing it alongside other respiratory diseases.”
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