File photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-In. Photograph:( Reuters )
President Xi Jinping said that his country will work with the UN to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking at the World Health Assembly through a video linik said on Monday that vaccines and treatments are "public goods" that must be "distributed equitably to the whole world".
"South Korea fully supports the efforts of the WHO to develop vaccines and treatments," the president added while addressing the UN health body through video conferencing.
Such vaccines and treatments are public goods that must be distributed equitably to the whole world.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 18, 2020
The Republic of #Korea fully supports the efforts of the WHO to develop vaccines and treatments.
-🇰🇷 President @moonriver365 at #WHA73pic.twitter.com/pXl4iQyqdz
French President Emmanuel Macron speaking at the World Health Assembly through a video link said that "only if we join forces will we beat this pandemic," adding, "we need a strong WHO."
"The coronavirus pandemic has of course turned our lives and our societies upside down. It's reminded us how valuable human health is, and how valuable those who work to protect i," the French president added.
Together with WHO, we achieved 📈 life expectancy, reduced child mortality, eradicated fatal diseases e.g. smallpox, waging against TB, malaria & HIV, 📈 access to medical treatment, vaccination, strengthen health systems— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 18, 2020
- 🇫🇷 @EmmanuelMacron #WHA73pic.twitter.com/z7nimKRvRF
"This is one of the most important assemblies in the history of the WHO. It must be a moment for unity, solidarity, clear thought and action in the face of what is an unprecedented global crisis affecting all of us," Macron asserted.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country will work with the UN to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China to ensure the operation of COVID-19 pandemic response supply chains.