World leaders will meet virtually at the United Nations starting Monday, as they discuss international cooperation to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Confirmed cases of the virus have surpassed 30 million and reached nearly 1 million deaths globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the coronavirus has exposed the world’s growing inequalities and threatens decades of development gains. He has cautioned that a vaccine will not by itself solve the crisis.
“We need to massively expand new and existing tools that can respond to new cases and provide vital treatment to suppress transmission and save lives, especially over the next 12 months,” Guterres told reporters Wednesday. (VOA)