Tribune News Network
Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari has stressed that Qatar attaches great importance to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the most vulnerable, including women and children.
The minister expressed deep concern with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable countries, including the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Dr Al Kuwari was speaking at a virtual high-profile event on “Protraction of the COVID-19 Crisis: Mitigating the Impacts and Protecting Future Generations.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a global health crisis but also a human development and economic crisis. Robust global cooperation is essential,” she said, adding that the crisis is exacerbating pre-existing education disparities by reducing the opportunities for many children and youth to continue their learning.
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, COVID-19 pushes us towards effective multilateral cooperation,” she said, stressing that only through solidarity and strengthening international cooperation, can we overcome this threat to us all be, enable the most vulnerable to respond, recover, and build back better.
“The vision of His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in global solidarity has been translated in Qatar’s growing support to international action on several fronts. Qatar contributed $20 million to the World Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), to accelerate the development, and production of a vaccine for the virus,” she said.
Qatar has allocated $10 million for WHO, to support equipment, diagnostics, therapeutics for COVID-19 and equitable distribution of vaccines to everyone who needs them worldwide, in order to save lives and leaving no one behind in time of crisis. Qatar has also provided urgent medical assistance to dozens of countries.
Dr Al Kuwari explained that based on Qatar’s deep commitment to SIDS, least developed countries and landlocked developing countries, Qatar looks forward to hosting the upcoming 5th United Nations Conference on LDCs in Doha, where the LDCs Programme of Action for the next 10 years will be adopted.
She reiterated Qatar’s support for the United Nations in building a future of peace and prosperity for all.