International organizations are currently plagued by allegations of powerful states wielding undue influence over outcomes. These include recent revelations about Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries pushing back against the United Nations on climate change, suggestions that senior World Bank officials intervened to boost China’s ranking in the Bank’s Doing Business index, and suspicions that China influenced the World Health Organization’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 remains a major challenge that “will not be over until we achieve universal vaccination”, he said, announcing a plan to convene a High-Level meeting in January to take stock of the global inoculation effort.
Noting that “humanity saw a tremendous amount of ingenuity and solidarity with the vaccines in record time”, the Assembly President said he was convinced that “we have the capacity to immunize the entire world”.
“What we need to do now is to act collectively to ensure that all who need it will receive the vaccine”, he argued. “We cannot simply accept that less than three per cent of people in Africa have received a shot”, while other regions are already administering boosters.