Coronavirus updates from March 25, 2020
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday launched a COVID-19 “Global Humanitarian Action Plan”. The plan, obtained by CBS News, calls for a $ 2 billion fund to help countries most in need.
“COVID-19 threatens all mankind – and therefore all mankind must fight back,” said Guterres, who was joined by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, the chief of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom. Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“Individual country responses will not be enough. Rich countries with strong health systems falter under pressure,” Guterres noted. “Now the virus is reaching countries already in the grip of humanitarian crises caused by conflict, natural disasters and climate change.”
Lowcock warned that diverting aid from existing programs that deal with malnutrition and other diseases could create “an ideal breeding ground” for extremism in countries already torn by conflict.
Calling on all member states to contribute to the new plan, Mr Guterres said that, “properly funded”, the UN effort would “save many lives and arm humanitarian agencies and NGOs with laboratory supplies for testing, and medical equipment to treat the sick. protect healthcare workers. ”
In response to a question from CBS News, Guterres said the UN’s demand for $ 2 billion was a “drop in the ocean” compared to the ongoing $ 2 trillion national relief package. disposal in the United States
– Pamela Falk and Tucker Reals