Egypt, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand urged the international community to promote the equitable distribution of vaccines and medicines across the world.
This emerged from a joint statement issued during the activities of the 49th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, said the statement underscored the importance of ensuring fair and equitable access to safe, effective, high quality and affordable.
Less than 15% of the population in low-income countries have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, Gamaleldin warned.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gamaleldin said that such access is essential to deal with chronic epidemics such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as other diseases.
Cairo called on the international community to create conducive conditions at the national, regional and international levels, in cooperation with international and civil society organizations, including the private sector, to avoid discrimination and guarantee access for all to these vaccines and drugs.
The joint statement called for improving public health infrastructure and expanding regional and local production by encouraging innovative approaches to global partnerships and technology transfer processes.
He stressed the importance of ensuring people’s immediate access to COVID-19 vaccines, especially for the poor and most vulnerable groups around the world, “to keep everyone safe”.
The head of the Human Rights Committee in the Egyptian House of Representatives, MP Tarek Radwan, underlined that President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi wants to make Egypt a major regional hub for the manufacture of vaccines in order to to guarantee Arab and African countries access to various types of vaccines to combat the virus.
The Health Ministry on Friday reported 854 new cases of coronavirus and eight deaths, bringing the number of infections to 495,373, including 424,831 recoveries. While the death toll stands at 24,277 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.