Coronavirus pandemic

PM: S'pore will work to develop, distribute vaccines fairly to all

At a virtual summit last Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasised the importance of "vaccine multilateralism". PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK
At a virtual summit last Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasised the importance of "vaccine multilateralism". PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

Singapore will work with various parties to develop vaccines and distribute them fairly and quickly to people around the world, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a virtual summit last Saturday.

He noted in a Facebook post yesterday that Singapore has been doing its part in collecting and analysing data on the coronavirus to better understand the threat.

"But our efforts alone are not enough. A global pandemic requires a coordinated global response, especially in scientific research and government actions," PM Lee wrote.

He added: "The search for vaccines may take some time, but we will maximise our chances of tackling Covid-19 by working together."

PM Lee was speaking at the Global Goal: Unite For Our Future pledging summit, held as an online event by advocacy group Global Citizen.

Wire agency Reuters reported yesterday that the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 10 million and the virus has killed almost half a million people in seven months.

Singapore has reported more than 43,000 cases and 26 deaths from Covid-19 complications so far.

In his speech at the rally, PM Lee also emphasised the importance of "vaccine multilateralism" in the fight against Covid-19.

He said Singapore looks forward to working with the European Commission, like-minded countries, the World Health Organisation, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, "to develop vaccines and distribute them fairly and expeditiously to people in all countries".

"Until a vaccine is found, we are unlikely to see a return to our pre-Covid-19 way of life," he said.

PM Lee added that Singapore hopes to collaborate with like-minded parties to support key initiatives such as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator - a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines - and the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, as "Friends of the Facility".

 
 
 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2020, with the headline 'PM: S'pore will work to develop, distribute vaccines fairly to all'. Print Edition | Subscribe