The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated today, through a teleconference, in the donors’ conference in order to support the work of the World Health Organization and the scientific community for the development of rapid and equal access to diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus, but also for vaccine development. Coronavirus Global Response international initiative.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the vaccine should be a global public good, ensuring equal access for all countries to fight the pandemic, as everyone’s safety leads to everyone’s safety.
Following is the entire intervention of the Prime Minister:
“Thank you very much Ursula von der Leyen and I would like to congratulate you on this very important initiative. This is an initiative that really unites the world and our forces in the common struggle against the pandemic of coronation.
Today is an important day for Greece. We are gradually starting to relax the very restrictive measures we have taken over the past seven weeks. We have been relatively successful in “levelling” the curve, but we all know that unless we discover a vaccine, we will not be completely safe.
That is why the discovery and proof of the effectiveness of a vaccine will be one of the main challenges we will face, as humanity. But that alone is not enough. The vaccine should be given in sufficient quantities in the shortest possible time. It should be available, at an affordable price, to the entire global population, starting with the most vulnerable.
And it must be distributed globally on an equal footing. No country or region should have monopoly access to the vaccine. When it comes to communicable diseases, as Melinda Gates said, the safety of one is the safety of all.
Therefore, I support the call of other leaders who have taken part in this conference, the vaccine – whenever it is invented – should be declared a global public good. I believe that this is a principle that we must agree on and an important message that we must all send today.
For our part, I am pleased to offer 3 million euros to our joint effort, in addition to the Greek institutions and private institutions that have already made significant donations in the fight against Covid-19 and will also actively contribute to this global call.
One last point: I hope we can show the same commitment to working together to address the greatest challenge of our generation, climate change, which also requires a global response. Thank you very much”.
It is recalled that in an article in the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in April, the Prime Minister supported the proposal of the European governments to jointly buy the patents of new vaccines and diagnostic tests, thus maximizing the spread of antiviral drugs. as soon as possible and at cheaper prices.
In his speech today, the Prime Minister emphasized the need for joint action against Covid-19, stressing the importance of taking similar initiatives against climate change.