Fair vaccine distribution, lifting of sanctions key to global fight against COVID-19: Iran UN envoy

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations says a fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines among all nations and removal of sanctions are among the important requisites for a successful battle against the deadly disease.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing the Security Council Open Meeting on Ensuring Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Contexts Affected by Conflict and Insecurity.

In order to prevent more severe consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, including loss of the progress already made in fighting against poverty and the intensification of inequality within and between countries, there is no other option but to achieve success in containing the virus, Takht-Ravanchi said.

For that to happen, it is necessary to increase international cooperation, distribute vaccines fairly across the world and lift inhumane sanctions and blockades, he added.

He described the coronavirus as a “common enemy of humanity” that is targeting people regardless of their race, religion and nationality and said practical cooperation and cohesion among all nations is a necessity to fight the outbreak.