Deputy United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Thursday urged the world’s major countries to work together in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The most important (way) is to keep the dialogue going. What has happened with major powers and these tensions is in fact to miss the opportunity of being able to face this pandemic head-on with everyone on board,” Mohammed told reporters, adding, “that really has taken us a few steps back.”
Notably, the United States, at the height of the pandemic, stopped funding and withdrew from the World Health Organization which is leading a global response to COVID-19, and even accused the organization of doing a bad job.
Some senior figures in Washington have also sought to make the pandemic a political agenda by repeatedly calling it a “China Virus,” despite the global call against stigmatization of the disease, as well as China’s solid efforts to contain the spread of the epidemic.
“So what happens in the global arena, we must continue to close the gap between what is an unfortunate reality and what needs to be for our powers to come together to get the job done,” she said.