Ministers to Visit UK, Switzerland to Discuss Covid-19 Vaccine Cooperation

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 12 Oktober 2020 12:17 WIB
    Ministers to Visit UK, Switzerland to Discuss Covid-19 Vaccine Cooperation
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    Jakarta: Foreign affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) MinisterErick Thohir are set to visit Europe in a bid to strengthen covid-19 vaccine cooperation with several countries and international organizations.

    "Along with SOEs Minister and Health Ministry officials, I will visit London, the United Kingdom (UK) and also Bern and Geneva in Switzerland," said Retno in a virtual press briefing on Monday morning.

    During the visit, the Indonesian delegation will hold a meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) Secretary General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as well as the representatives of Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to discuss the COVAX initiative.

    Co-led by WHO, Gavi and CEPI, COVAX is a global intiative that aims to to accelerate the development and manufacture of covid-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

    "I will also met with the UK foreign secretary and the Swiss vice president," Retno stated.

    In a bid to mitigate the covid-19 pandemic, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed Presidential Regulation Number 99 of 2020 on Vaccine Procurement and Vaccination.

    Under the regulation, vaccine procurement and vaccination will be carried out from 2020 to 2022 and may be extended by the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee upon the recommendation from the Health Minister.


    (WAH)


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