PM asks China to support vaccines for Mekong countries

Prime Minister asked China to support vaccines for Mekong countries - Photo 1.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the 7th Greater Mekong Subregion Cooperation Summit online on September 9 – Photo: VGP

At the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on the morning of September 9, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended and delivered an important speech at the first Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Cooperation Summit. Saturday is held in the form of online.

Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized the strategic role of the Greater Mekong Subregion in Asia’s process of international integration and strong economic growth.

The Prime Minister highly appreciated the achievements of GMS cooperation, affirming that the achievements of GMS cooperation have effectively supported the process of building the ASEAN Community, shaping the regional structure with ASEAN as the center. and promote the ASEAN – China strategic partnership to develop and deepen.

The current difficult period is also an opportunity for GMS member countries to show their efforts, unite, and promote cooperation and development, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister thanked the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and development partners for their valuable support, effective coordination and resource mobilization for cooperation programs within the framework of the GMS and with member countries. members, including Vietnam.

The Prime Minister also thanked countries producing vaccines, including China, for sharing and helping other countries and Vietnam. This help is invaluable in the current global shortage of vaccines.

With the view that GMS needs a vision and strategic solutions to both solve today’s urgent problems and lay the foundation for sustainable and inclusive development in the next decade, Prime Minister Pham Minh It was proposed that GMS cooperation in the next period should prioritize 6 main contents.

In particular, the immediate focus is to focus on preventing, repelling and controlling the COVID-19 epidemic. The Prime Minister affirmed that in the face of the global epidemic, no people are safe when there are still other people infected with COVID-19, no country is safe when there are other countries in the region and on the world. The world still has to fight the epidemic.

Therefore, at this time, countries need to prioritize close and effective cooperation to prevent, repel and control the COVID-19 epidemic, and at the same time build a coordination mechanism to respond to infectious diseases in the near future. future.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the focus is on supporting open, equal and transparent access to vaccines and pharmaceuticals for COVID-19 treatment, and enhancing vaccine sharing through multilateral and bilateral mechanisms.

“Promoting technology transfer to build and independently produce vaccines and drugs to treat diseases in the region. Vietnam asked countries that can produce vaccines, including China, to continue to support them. for other countries, including Vietnam”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted the Prime Minister as saying at GMS.

In addition, the Prime Minister also suggested prioritizing cooperation in the GMS in such areas as securing the supply chain, creating breakthroughs in building synchronous infrastructure, promoting digital transformation, and building a green and secure GMS. , strengthen coordination between GMS and ASEAN and other regional mechanisms.

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