‘Some light at the end of the tunnel’ as pandemic turns one – GuterresTirus Wainaina
After 12 months where the world has faced “a tsunami of suffering”, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines represents “some light at the end of the tunnel” said the UN chief on Thursday, marking the anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing its pandemic alert.
“So many lives have been lost”, said António Guterres, with “economies upended and societies left reeling. The most vulnerable have suffered the most. Those left behind are being left even further behind.”
He commended the effort across the world to adapt, and live in news ways, honouring health workers “for their dedication and sacrifice and all other essential workers who have kept societies running. I salute all those who have stood up to the deniers and disinformation, and have followed science and safety protocols”, he said. “You have helped save lives.”