UN General Assembly calls for solidarity to overcome pandemic

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling COVID-19, calling for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic”.

The resolution, adopted by a vote of 169-2, also urged member states “to enable all countries to have unhindered timely access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable diagnosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines”.

The resolution, which is not legally binding was approved over objections from the US and Israel, which protested against a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions.

More than 28.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nearly 916,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 19.2 million patients have recovered.