Healthcare officials urge unity to defeat virus

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – Islamic countries stressed that global impact and irreparable economic and health damages which the virus has brought requires global unity and solidarity to defeat and contain the disease. Officials from Argentina and Kazakhstan gave inaugural messages in the opening ceremony of Iran’s 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP), organized by Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation, on Thursday. Delivering a live speech via videoconference, Jorge Chediek, UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation, said, “We are putting together some of the best minds in the Islamic world to confront the challenges brought about by Coronavirus.” “In 2018 we launched a foundation to showcase the great technologies developed by scientists in Islamic countries and we really look forward to promoting more STEP engagement in Islamic countries,” he added.