Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the world to ensure that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it should be available to all nations.
"We must ensure that once a vaccine is found, it must be accessible to all nations and peoples. There should not be any discrimination whatsoever. We must remember that since COVID-19 does not discriminate, our response should not too," Muhyiddin said Monday (September 21) in his video speech to the United Nations (UN) high-level meeting that commemorates the organization's 75th anniversary.
The Malaysian PM also said the UN should be better equipped to combat the challenges faced by the world.
"The United Nations is needed now more than ever. However, the organization needs to be better equipped - not just with political latitude, but with the continued support of its Member States to respond to some of the most glaring problems the world is facing," he said.
The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday to borrow THAB1.47 trillion (US$47.4 billion) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to revive the country's economy ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iran and Iraq on September 26 pledged to improve border cooperation and boost trade between the two neighbours that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations on Saturday (September 26) that his country's vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the COVID-19 crisis.
(HBO) - Republic of Korea (ROK) suspended free flu shots on Tuesday (September 22) after reports of problems in storing the vaccinations during transportation, disrupting plans to pre-emptively ease the burden on a healthcare system already strained by coronavirus outbreaks.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (September 7) the world must be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he called on countries to invest in public health. More than 27.19 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 888,326 have died, according to a Reuters tally, since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Britain is putting GBP500 million (US$666 million) into trials of rapid COVID-19 tests and into population-testing for the disease, the health ministry said on Thursday (September 3).