World Pays Heavy Price For ‘Very Little Unity’ on COVID-19, UN Chief Says

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The novel coronavirus was able to spread across the globe because countries failed to fight it together, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

“We have seen some solidarity, but very little unity, in our response to COVID-19,’’ he said at the start of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual meeting of member countries.

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According to him, because many countries had ignored the WHO’s recommendations, “the virus has spread across the world and is now moving into the global South, where its impact may be even more devastating.’’

In a video message from New York, Guterres called on countries to increase their funding of the WHO, so that the UN health agency can support developing countries.

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