Indonesia, WHO Discuss Multilateral Cooperation in Times of Covid-19

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 16 Oktober 2020 22:23 WIB
    Indonesia, WHO Discuss Multilateral Cooperation in Times of Covid-19
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    Jakarta: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has held a meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss multilateal cooperation in the times of covid-19.

    "Indonesia once again stressed its support for multilateralism," said Indonesia's top diplomat during a virtual press briefing. 

    During her visit to Geneva, Switzerland, the Indonesian minister also met with GAVI CEO Seth Berkley and dicussed Indonesia's interest to be part of COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (Covax AMC).

    "Indonesia has officially conveyed its interest to join COVAX Advanced Market Commitment," said the foreign minister.

    GAVI is a public–private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. It has helped vaccinate more than 822 million children in the world's porest countries.

    Along with the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi is co-leading COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. This involves coordinating the COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual covid-19 vaccines.

    COVAX aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of covid-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. The global pandemic has already caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and disrupted the lives of billions more. 

    Gavi is coordinating the development and implementation of the COVAX AMC, the financing instrument that will support the participation of 92 lower-middle and low-income economies in the COVAX Facility. The COVAX AMC is critical to ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of income level.

    (WAH)


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