NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Indonesian Foreign Minister (Menlu) Retno Marsudi said that solidarity between countries in the world, especially regarding access to vaccines and emergency needs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, is not only in humanitarian interests, but also for economic interests global.
At the opening of the Global Town Hall 2020 event organized by the Foreign Policy Community Indonesia (FPCI) from Jakarta, Friday, Foreign Minister Retno said that at the G20 Summit (Summit) this weekend President Joko Widodo would emphasize Indonesia’s stance that calls for solidarity, especially for the country. -developing countries, from developed countries that have more resources to deal with emergency needs.
“I am also reminded of the statement by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2020. Regarding vaccines, Dr Tedros said ‘the top priority is to give vaccines to several people in all countries. Not everyone in some countries’, it’s not just moral and public health interests. This is also in economic interests, “he said.
Solidarity between countries becomes a driving force and engine
The Foreign Minister explained that people in low and middle income countries do not have the same opportunity to get vaccines. Then the virus will continue to kill and global economic recovery will be hampered. Given the dynamics of the world in which all countries are connected to one another.
“Therefore, equal, safe and affordable access is very important,” said the Indonesian Foreign Minister.
In addition, he also highlighted the importance of a multilateral vaccine framework. Like the Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) which requires funds of 5 billion US dollars to procure vaccines for developing countries. As well as the need for Accelerated ACT (Access to COVID-19 Tools) funds of US $ 35 billion.
“We all live on the same planet, we breathe the same air. We are connected to each other and we cannot break the relationship. However, just being connected is not enough. We have to make it a power and a driving machine, and this requires global collaboration, ”said Foreign Minister Retno. (int1)