Coronavirus: Obasanjo joins world leaders advocating for ‘people’s vaccine’
- Olusegun Obasanjo has joined about 140 world leaders advocating for "people's vaccine" for novel coronavirus
- The former president has also put his hand in a petition urging all governments to push for a free Covid-19 vaccine for all when developed
- According to UNAIDS, the demand is the most ambitious position yet by world leaders “on what has become the most urgent quest in modern science”
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As global collective efforts continue to intensify towards procuring the cure for novel coronavirus, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has joined about 140 current and former world leaders calling for “a people’s vaccine” against the ravaging virus.
The call, which was contained in a petition they signed on Thursday, May 14, is urging all governments to push for a free Covid-19 vaccine for all when developed.
Legit.ng gathers that petition was initiated by the joint UN programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating the HIV/AIDS virus.
Obasanjo, who led Nigeria as a civilian head of state between 1999 and 2007, is a member of the Champion for an AIDS-Free Generation.
In the petition, the leaders are demanding that when a Covid-19 vaccine is developed, it should be made available free of charge to all, NAN reports.
President of South Africa, who also doubles as the chairman of the African Union (UN), Cyril Ramaphosa; his Senegalese and Ghanaian counterparts, Macky Sall and Nana Akufo-Addo, respectively, are among the signatories.
According to UNAIDS, the demand is the most ambitious position yet by world leaders “on what has become the most urgent quest in modern science.”
The petition came ahead of a virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-making body comprising health ministers from UN member states, holding on May 18.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may never go away.
This was disclosed by Mike Ryan who is the executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program.
Ryan said the new virus may just become one of the viruses around the world that kill people annually.
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