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Minister of Health Jan Blatný addressed the Special Session of the General Assembly in Response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

On 3 December 2020, Minister of Health of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Jan Blatný, delivered a national statement in a pre-recorded video message in the General Debate of the 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In his statement, Minister Blatný expressed his sincere gratitude to nurses and other healthcare workers around the world for their tireless efforts day and night when providing care for COVID-19 patients. "COVID-19 took the international community by surprise. To avoid similar surprises in the future as much as possible, we need strong multilateral cooperation, compliance with international obligations and sharing of experience, information and best practices.", Minister Blatný stressed. He further appealed to political representatives and international bodies not to turn away from the principles of solidarity and commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "The motto “No one is safe until everyone is safe” should not be just an empty phrase.", Minister Blatný pointed out.

He further highlighted the need to raise public awareness about adopted strategies to fight against the massively spread disinformation. "Only awareness-raising campaigns and clear communication, in combination with a strong political commitment at the highest possible level can bring us results and lead to mitigation of COVID-19 pandemic." In his concluding remarks, Minister Blatný appreciated that the international environment provides access to an unprecedented scale of tools such as ACT-A or WHO Partnership Platform that can help us to achieve our common goal, i.e. to defeat the pandemic and prepare for future challenges.


Statement by Minister of Health of the Czech Republic 382 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Dec 4, 2020