UK PM urges unity in global fight against COVID-19
"Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose," said Johnson, addressing the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He called for the international community to make concerted efforts and act together "now," instead of waging separate campaigns, to avoid the outcome of prolonging the calamity.
"Now is the time," said the British prime minister. "Let's heal the world."
Meanwhile, he appealed for international cooperation in the effort to develop a vaccine.
"The health of every country depends on the whole world having access to a safe and effective vaccine, wherever a breakthrough might occur," Johnson said.
"But even as we strive for a vaccine, we must never cut corners, slim down the trials or sacrifice safety to speed," he told the assembly.
The British prime minister noted it is important for the international community to learn from the COVID-19 crisis, look ahead and think about how to stop a pandemic from happening again.
"I don't think there is any reason for fatalism," even though "the dangers can never be wholly eliminated," he said, emphasizing that "human ingenuity and expertise can reduce the risk."
In his statement, Johnson also proposed a plan to create a global approach to health security, including a global network of research hubs, a global pandemic early warning system and an emergency response.