By Deirdre Tynan • 18 September 2021 • 10:13
Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias has called for a strong global health system to protect against future health threats, such as the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
Speaking at the 71st WHO-Euro Regional Committee, Darias said Spain supports the search for “extraordinary global responses to global health emergencies”.
“No country and no region will be safe until we are all safe,” she said. To date, Spain has donated more than six million vaccines to Latin America through the COVAX mechanism, and will continue to collaborate with third countries in 2021 to reach the 22.5 million committed.
Spain, she added, is committed to promoting multilateralism and defending public health in Europe and around the world, supporting the leadership of the World Health Organization in all its areas, especially when it comes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.
In this context, Darias reiterated Spain’s commitment to go hand in hand with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO-Europe Regional Committee in promoting healthy living and well being throughout the world, which is why our country is attentive to the discussions on the subject that are taking place in the working group to strengthen the WHO’s preparedness and response to health emergencies.
She also reiterated the need to increase response and resilience capacities, as well as multilateral coordination, in order to leave no one behind, as one of the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. National health systems, much like Spain’s system or the NHS, had played a key role, she added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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