Guterres: Corona kills thousands, and rich countries stockpile vaccines


“The coronavirus is still killing 10,000 people a day in the world while a handful of rich countries are stockpiling vaccines,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday.

This came at a press conference held by Guterres at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


This follows his review of a report on his vision for the future of global cooperation at a meeting held by the members of the General Assembly (193 countries) this evening.

“Business as usual is no longer an option: climate change and nuclear war pose grave risks,” the Secretary-General told reporters.

Inequality, discrimination, and injustice are taking people to the streets, hunger and gender inequality are on the rise, while conspiracy theories and lies are fueling deep divisions within societies.”

He added, “The Coronavirus is still killing 10,000 people a day in the world, while a handful of rich countries are stockpiling vaccines.

The world is heading toward chaos, more insecurity, and the choices we make now can put us either on the right track or toward collapse.”


Guterres stressed that “the issue of climate change is an existential crisis for all of humanity, and it can only be resolved if the international community works effectively across borders.

In order to end the accelerating global warming caused by human activity, and strive to adapt to the damage it has already caused.”

“The world needs to adopt immediate measures to protect our global assets from the oceans to outer space,” he stressed.

and achieving our common aspirations to establish world peace and maintain a livable planet.”

“The report proposes to hold a global summit within two years to look at all these issues,” he explained.


The summit will discuss a new agenda for peace that includes measures to reduce strategic risks from nuclear weapons, electronic warfare, and lethal weapons.