Malaysia, Australia agree to measures to address Covid-19 including vaccination cooperation

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Australia have agreed to undertake a set of measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic, including possible cooperation in vaccination.

This was reached following the launch of the Malaysia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) during the inaugural Malaysia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting held via video conferencing on Wednesday (Jan 27).

It was jointly launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) and Australian Prime Minister Scott John Morrison.

“The launch of the Malaysia-Australia CSP is timely as both countries continue to address the evolving regional and global complexities, including those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The CSP will enable the two partners to navigate a new landscape and stay ahead of the curve, ” said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement.

Other measures agreed upon by the two leaders to address the pandemic and mitigate its negative impact include keeping markets open and the international supply chains functioning to support economic recovery efforts and livelihoods, as well as managing cross-border movement.

On the SCP, the PMO noted that the elevation of the Malaysia-Australia partnership is significant and historic, creating another milestone in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“It reflects both nations’ genuine commitment to advancing and consolidating further the already extensive and multi-faceted cooperation bilaterally and at the multilateral level, ” it said.

Both Prime Ministers approved the Plan of Action to chart out concrete initiatives under the three CSP main pillars namely, Economic Prosperity, Society and Technology, as well as Defence Cooperation and Regional Security.

“In addition to consolidating further the existing cooperation, the CSP also positions Malaysia and Australia to concretise collaborations in new areas such as digital economy, agriculture and food security, disaster and public health emergencies, mental health, science, technology and innovation, and environment and youth empowerment, among others, ” said the PMO.

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