Indonesian Foreign Minister 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 the interests of humanity, but also in the interests of the global economy.
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 first priority is to give vaccines to some people in all countries, not all people in some countries', this is not just an interest. morals and public health. This is also in economic interests, "she said.
The Foreign Minister explained that if people in low and middle income countries do not have the same opportunity to get vaccines, 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, she also highlighted the importance of a multilateral vaccine framework, such as the Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) which requires funds of US $ 5 billion to procure vaccines for developing countries, as well as the need for Accelerated ACT (Access to COVID-19) funds. Tools) of 35 billion US dollars.
"We all live on the same planet, we breathe the same air, we are connected to each other and we cannot cut that connection. However, just being connected is not enough. We have to make it a power and a propulsion engine, and this requires. global collaboration, "said Foreign Minister Retno. (Antaranews)