ISLAMABAD:Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has called for coordinated, collective and sustained actions, among countries and institutions to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed these views while addressing the 73rd virtual session of World Health Assembly held in Geneva-Switzerland on Tuesday.

He said unity is vital to tackle morbidity and mortality to ease burden on the health systems and support national and global economies.

He said the Assembly must support growing calls for development and production of COVID-related diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines that are affordable, equitable and accessible to all.

Dr Zafar said Pakistan has reported significantly lower numbers than the initial international projections, especially considering that Pakistan is the 5th most populous developing country in the world.

He said despite these numbers, we are not complacent and are taking every possible step to combat this pandemic. He also emphasized the need for collective action for the voiceless poor suffering through these tough times.