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Indonesia is working to close the COVID-19 vaccine distribution gap


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Indonesia has worked to close the COVID-19 vaccine distribution gap between developed and developing countries by pressing the matter at the United Nations General Assembly's 76th Session (UNGA 76).


Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi continues to push the issue forward in her new responsibilities as co-chair of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Engagement Group, in addition to being a major subject that Indonesia has been battling for since the pandemic struck.

 

"As a result, I will continue to speak out on the topic of vaccine equality for all countries," Minister Marsudi said in a virtual press release delivered from New York on Wednesday.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had also mentioned the significant disparity in vaccination access at the start of a statement during a High-Level Segment of the General Assembly, according to Foreign Minister Marsudi.

 

This disparity will undoubtedly obstruct worldwide recovery from the pandemic.


Guterres mentioned how most people in affluent countries have been inoculated, while over 90% of Africa's population has not.


Only 2% of the 5.7 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccination provided worldwide are delivered in Africa.

 

Guterres is pushing for a global vaccination plan that would cover 70% of the world's population by the first half of next year.


"The UN Secretary General, in particular, emphasised the necessity of global collaboration to satisfy the international community's expectations," Marsudi noted.


Meanwhile, Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th United Nations Session, outlined numerous goals for his presidency, including the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as concerns such as vaccination gaps, climate change, gender, youth, and UN reform.

 

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Edited by ASEAN NOW Content Team
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