UN: World leaders to hold special session on COVID-19

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WORLD leaders and top leadership of the UN and vaccine developers will address a two-day, special session of the UN General Assembly on COVID-19 this week.

The special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which will take place on December 3 and 4 at the UN headquarters offers world leaders window to brainstorm on the ravaging pandemic.

According to report emanating from the World ruling Body, they are set to discuss the pandemic’s impact as well as the multi-faceted, coordinated response required to address the greatest global health crisis in decades.

The world organisation said government leaders, UN’s principals and other relevant stakeholders would be able to engage in dialogue on the impact of the pandemic on people, societies and economies and discuss the multi-faceted, coordinated response required to address this crisis.

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The special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will take place tomorrow, December 3 and Friday December 4 at the UN headquarters.

Report says, Serum Institute of India Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adar Poonawalla will also address the session through a pre-recorded video on December 4.

BioNTech co-founders Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, vaccine team leader at Oxford University, Sarah Gilbert and CEO of GAVI (the vaccine alliance), Seth Berkley will address the special session virtually.

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are working on a COVID-19 vaccine, while global drugmaker Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine candidate is 95 per cent effective.

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President Donald Trump is not listed as a speaker for the session instead the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar will address the high-level meeting.

The two-day special session will allow many stakeholders to share their experiences in fighting the pandemic, reflect on the global response to date, and forge a united, coordinated, and people-centered path forward.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.3 million lives and infected more than 54 million people globally, is not only the greatest global health crisis since the creation of the UN 75 years ago, it is also a humanitarian, socio-economic, security and human rights crisis,” the world body said.

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Source says, the session’s first day will feature statements by the President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, President of the Security Council (for the month of December), South African ambassador, Jerry Matthews Matjila and Chairman of the Movement of Non-aligned Countries, Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev

According to the speakers list, there are 141 speakers inscribed, including 53 Heads of State, 39 Heads of Government, four deputy prime ministers and 38 ministers. The second day will feature speeches from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other UN and inter-governmental agencies.

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