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New York To Offer Covid Vaccination, Testing To All Attending High-Level UN General Assembly Session

New York To Offer Covid Vaccination, Testing To All Attending High-Level UN General Assembly Session

Over 100 high officers will arrive in New York subsequent week to attend high-level UNGA session. (File)

United Nations:

As world leaders arrive to attend the annual UN General Assembly session subsequent week amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York City can have in place services that may supply COVID-19 vaccination and testing to all these attending the high-level conferences.

President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid, in his remarks to the opening of the 76th UNGA session Tuesday, stated that with a view to recovering from COVID19, vaccinating the world is his high focus and he shall be holding a high-level thematic debate on vaccine fairness with main specialists and world leaders.

“As you are all aware, our host country has made vaccines universally available to the whole United Nations family, including staff and delegates. I am glad to announce that the city of New York will also be offering vaccination and testing resources for all the attendees of the High-Level Week” he stated, urging UN envoys and delegates to be an “example” to the world and “do our part in following local requirements.”

Mr Shahid, whereas speaking to the UN reporters was requested if delegations coming for the UNGA have knowledgeable him if they’re unvaccinated because of no entry to vaccines of their international locations.

“I have no answer to that question. That has not been shared with me how many are coming without vaccines but the host country has informed me that they will have the facilities to vaccinate all who are attending the General Assembly if they so desire. It will be facilitated.”

Over 100 Heads of State and Government and lots of extra international ministers and delegates will arrive in New York City subsequent week to attend the annual high-level General Assembly session, which had gone digital in 2020 as a result of COVID19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden are among the many world leaders who will deal with the UN General Debate in individual subsequent week. However, issues have been raised over the UNGA high-level week turning into a “super-spreader event” as delegations come from numerous components of the world amid a nonetheless raging pandemic and low vaccination charges in many countries.

Last month, the US, host nation of the UN headquarters, had urged heads of presidency and state and ministers to ship their statements to the UN General Debate by video as an alternative of travelling to New York to make sure that high-level week would not not grow to be a “super-spreader event.”

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield had written a letter to the 193 Member States of the UN that because the Host Country of the UN Headquarters, her nation bears a “significant responsibility” to make sure the security of members and New York residents.

“So too does the Secretariat and President of the General Assembly. We need your help to prevent UNGA 76 High-Level Week from being a super-spreader event,” she had written within the letter.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had stated in a press convention final week that the “the City of New York has provided to all delegates coming to the General Assembly the likelihood to be vaccinated and we can have right here a… I imply, a system to do it.

He stated the City of New York was cooperating with the UN in a really efficient method and thanked the authorities for it.

During the General Debate, solely 4 delegates from a rustic, together with the pinnacle of state or authorities, shall be current within the General Assembly Hall.

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