U.N. General Assembly: COVID-19 vaccines must be available for all

NEW YORK – The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously confirmed via resolution the leadership role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in combating the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The move by the UNGA comes at a time when the WHO is facing unprecedented criticism from the U.S., who recently suspended $ 60 million in funding for the organization.

The UNGA resolution also called on the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to ensure equitable access to medical resources, such as laboratory tests, medicine, and any future vaccine, for all countries, especially those in the developing world.

During the session, Mexico submitted a U.S.-supported resolution that focuses on the coronavirus health response and calls for enhanced international scientific cooperation with the private sector to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.