Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, said one of the agencies under the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to help with the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine for Indonesia.
Retno explained, at a multilateral meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, some time ago, the Director General (Dirjen) of WHO, Unicef, and the CEO of WHO’s World Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) Covax Facility, together with the Indonesian government had established strategic cooperation in vaccine management and handling. the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The objectives of the various meetings include continuing to establish intensive consultation and communication by sharing these organizations, in managing the Covid-19 vaccine and other strategic partnerships,” said Retno in an online press conference, Friday (16/10).
In the multilateral meeting, Retno conveyed Indonesia’s desire to be a part of Covax Advance Market Commitment (Covax AMC) to assist with the development and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to him, the Indonesian government has made various efforts to secure the Covid-19 vaccine. However, his party always emphasizes the importance of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
“The vaccine development process is quite complicated, there are always risks and uncertainties in the development process. In these meetings, Indonesia conveyed the efforts that have been made to secure the vaccine, and always emphasizes the importance of the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine,” said Retno.
The Indonesian government also specifically conveyed a letter containing a desire to join in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine with Covax AMC.
Previously, on September 18, President Joko Widodo received a letter from Gavi stating Indonesia’s eligibility to accept Official Development Assistance or ODA in vaccine development performed by Covax AMC.
Retno said in the letter, Gavi also hoped for cooperation with the Indonesian government in handling Covid-19.
“As a follow-up to the letter, at the meeting, Indonesia officially delivered a letter containing Indonesia’s expression of interest in joining Covax AMC. All the details of the multilateral vaccine provision are of course still being discussed together,” said Retno.
Further, his party also delivered a letter expression of interest this to WHO. In a meeting between the Indonesian government and WHO, Retno emphasized multilateral support in vaccine development.
“Indonesia also emphasizes the importance of all countries in the world to strengthen solidarity between countries so that they can overcome this pandemic collectively and immediately,” he said.
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