Hishammuddin: Asean must purchase Covid-19 vaccine as a bloc

Published on 7 Aug 2020 8:53:46 PM

Asean must prioritise procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine as a bloc to increase its availability for the region, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

In his remarks in conjunction with the 53rd Asean Day celebration on Friday (Aug 7), Hishammuddin said that Malaysia had always maintained that it was imperative that the vaccine must be a global public good that was equitable, accessible and affordable for all.

Moving forward, Hishammuddin said that Asean needed to prioritise vaccine diplomacy and realise that all the nations would not return to any sense of normalcy without the vaccine needed to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic.

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