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UN-The Prime Minister of Sudan’s interim government urged world leaders on Saturday to work together to obtain more COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries.
In a speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said ensuring that countries like Sudan were well-fired was the only way to secure the rest of the world. At that time, he repeated similar statements from other speakers.
According to official figures, Sudan receives only a small portion of the vaccine it needs. Since March, the Sudanese government has vaccinated about 830,000 of the 45 million people. So far, Sudan has recorded more than 37,500 cases and 2,800 deaths from the coronavirus. Given the lack of testing, the true number is considered to be much higher.
Hamdock, a respected former civil servant of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, also said his country has done a lot in the transition to democratic rule in the last two years. However, he declined to mention the coup attempt reportedly suppressed by military leaders. Sudanese officials reported Tuesday that a group of soldiers tried to take power, but the attempt failed and said the country’s governing council and troops remained in control.
This development highlighted the fragility of Sudan’s path to democracy. This was more than two years after the military overthrew the long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in the mass rebellion against his thirty years of rule.
Hamdock also spoke of concerns about Ethiopia’s huge Renaissance Dam, which was built on one of the main tributaries of the Nile, and urged Ethiopia and other downstream countries to reach a lasting agreement. He said his country had already experienced the negative effects of partial filling of the dam and was phased in this and last summer.
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