BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 24 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states together could further strengthen initiatives to curb Covid-19 issues in the region through the Asean Comprehensive Recovery Framework.
Asean also promised, enhance efforts to provide equitable access to Covid-19 vaccine to the population of their countries, address the issue of false information related to Covid-19, and address the impact of Covid-19 including negative effects on mental health.
These were among the recommendations presented by the Brunei Darussalam delegation led by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar during a special video conference of the Asean Health Ministers on Covid-19 chaired by the Minister of Health of Indonesia on Thursday.
The conference themed ‘Asean Covid-19 Response After One Year’, provided an opportunity for Asean Health Ministers to discuss and exchange the latest information on vaccine programmes for Covid-19 in their countries, Covid-19 variants, and Asean health protocol establishment to support post-Covid-19 recovery in the region.
The Asean health ministers approved a joint statement which among others agreed to continue cooperation to further strengthen efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic through global and regional initiatives.
The conference also saw the launch of Asean Portal for Public Health Emergencies, a platform that provides information virtually among Asean member states, Asean dialogue partners, and the public on public health emergencies in the Asean region in addition to supporting the use of digital technology information to address threats to public health at this time and also in the future. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN