She highlighted the anti-COVID-19 steps taken in Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan is one of the countries making effort to achieve equal and fair access to COVID-19 vaccines. The high assessment given by the WHO to Azerbaijan's contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on a global scale confirms once again the importance of the country’s initiatives for the whole world,” Speaker Gafarova mentioned.
“Within a short period, Azerbaijan has provided financial and humanitarian assistance to more than 30 countries and international organizations, including a voluntary donation of USD 10 million to the WHO,” Gafarova noted.
“The Turkic Council summit held in April 2020, the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in May the same year and the special session of the UN General Assembly rallying heads of states and governments in December last year, all on the initiative of President Ilham Aliyev, reaffirm that Azerbaijan is a strong state ready to take responsibility for addressing global problems. Those initiatives demonstrated Azerbaijan’s commitment to international solidarity and cooperation once more,” Gafarova pointed out.
Hans Kluge hailed Azerbaijan’s contribution to countering the pandemic and the efforts to check its spread and underlined the successful continuation of this process now. The WHO Regional Director stressed that the steps the Azerbaijani Government had taken at the early stages of the pandemic and the decisions that followed showed that the situation was under the full control of the Azerbaijani President. Kluge also thanked Azerbaijan for its support and contribution to the global pandemic response, saying that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to take measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.