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Tanzanian President appeals for UN to help abolish Patents on Covid Vaccines

Tanzanian President, Samia Suluhu Hassan in addressing the 76th United Nations’ General Assembly conference, has pleaded for the UN to help abolish patents sealing Covid-19 drugs and vaccines’ formula vaults.

Apparently Samia wants developing nations to be empowered to start producing own vaccines for rapid roll-out of the inoculations at local levels.

She was on view that, the developing world was still lagging behind in terms of Vaccine doses.

She told the UN General Assembly, that while the entire world continues to suffer from the pandemic, Tanzania’s economy growth which was growing at 6.5 percent in pre-corona period, it has now plummeted down to less than 5 percent, after the Covid-19 onslaught.

On being the country’s first female Head of State, Samia promised that her government will inject stimulus packages onto micro investments projects, that will help to lift women and girls out of poverty.

At the UN-General Assembly, President Samia Suluhu also participated in a number of side events during the ongoing UN General Assembly conference. The 76th UNGA event of 2021 featured speeches from more than 100 Heads of State, and global decision makers.

DSG meeting Opening of the General Debate of the Seventy-third Session of the United Nations General Assembly including a Moment of Silence for former Secretary-General Kofi A. Anna

The 76th UN General Assembly, officially took off on Tuesday the 14th of September 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in the United States.

Zambian President who emerged victorious during recent presidential elections in his country stole the limelight at the International event to an extent of being invited to the White House.

The US President, Joe Biden also addressed the UN General Assembly’s Conference.

Apart from Samia, the other African Head of State to address the UN General Assembly is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

Apart from the main UNGA agenda, the conference also featured the first ever UN Food Systems Summit a side event to the UN Convention, which was purposely held to address global food security.

Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the Food Systems Summit will serve as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems to drive global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the world back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Last year (2020) the UN General Assembly was held virtually due to global Covid-19 Pandemic.

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