COVID-19 fallout for ‘decades to come’, says UN chief


New York: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world could be fighting the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic for decades to come.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly’s first-ever session on the coronavirus pandemic, Guterres hailed the quick scientific progress but cautioned that vaccination was not a panacea for the ills affecting the planet.

Leaders or senior officials from more than 100 countries will take part in the UN summit through short, prerecorded speeches, but diplomats do not expect the virtual two-day gathering to lead immediately to important decisions.

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