During the virtual meeting, Indonesia's top diplomat strongly encouraged the international community to unite against vaccine hoarding and vaccine nationalism.
"Nearly 1 in 4 people in high-income countries has been vaccinated, while only 1 in 500 people in low-income countries has been vaccinated," said the Indonesian foreign minister in a press release on Friday.
"The politicization of vaccines must also be eliminated because it has the potential to cause geopolitical divisions," she stated.
The COVAX Facility has now delivered life-saving covid-19 vaccines to over 100 economies since making its first international delivery to Ghana on February 24.
So far, more than 38 million doses of covid-19 vaccines from manufacturers AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Serum Institute of India (SII) have now been delivered, including 61 economies eligible for vaccines through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment.
COVAX aims to supply covid-19 vaccines to all participating economies that have requested vaccines, in the first half of 2021, despite some delays in planned deliveries for March and April.
“The COVAX Facility needs our support and every country must ensure equal access to vaccines" Foreign Minister Retno stated.