PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to taking on the task of manufacturing the tools and vaccines needed in the global battle against Covid-19, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said this in a video speech at the launch of a global collaboration, led by the World Health Organisation (WHO), to accelerate new Covid-19 health technologies.
“Malaysia fully supports the landmark global collaboration to accelerate development and production of tools and vaccines in the fight against Covid-19, and to ensure equitable access to new Covid-19 essential health technologies.
“Malaysia is committed to be a part of this (effort) and to take on the manufacturing of tools and vaccines as they become available,” he said in his speech on Friday (April 24).
Muhyiddin, who also spoke in his capacity as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) chairperson, added that Covid-19 has impacted the global economy and the lives of many across the globe, and urged all parties to stay united in fighting the threat of Covid-19.
“The only way we can destroy this common invisible enemy is through solidarity and cooperation. The world needs to come together to coordinate efforts and expedite the development of effective tools to stop this disease.
He added that the role of the United Nations was vital for Covid-19 diagnostic and vaccine tools to be deployed equitably so that such tools can reach people in all countries as efficiently as possible.
“Never before has the clarion call to leave no one behind been more important than it is now,” he said.
He further urged all world leaders, members of the scientific community and stakeholders to support such an initiative.
The initiative, which is called Access to Covid-19 Tools (Act) Accelerator, is a global partnership to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to Covid-19 health solutions.
Such health solutions would include new technologies involving Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
The initiative not only aims to accelerate the development of diagnostic and treatment tools of Covid-19, but to also promote affordable and safe access to such technologies for people from all parts of the globe.
The launch was co-hosted by WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, French president Emmanuel Macron, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Other world leaders and prominent figures who delivered speeches included United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres, Mrs Melinda Gates, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan who is also representing Saudi Arabia as the G20 president.
A pledging campaign for donors who wish to provide the necessary resources for this collaboration will start on May 4.
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