M’sia to emphasise accessible, affordable Covid-19 vaccine at UNGASS


MALAYSIA will emphasise the importance of ensuring a vaccine that is accessible, equitable and affordable at the 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic today.

In a statement, Wisma Putra said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (picture) will deliver Malaysia’s statement at the assembly via a pre-recorded video statement, during which he will also reiterate Malaysia’s call for global solidarity to effectively mitigate the health, economic and social crises caused by the pandemic.

“He will also highlight that it is not only a global responsibility, but also a moral responsibility for the vaccine to be shared, once available,” it said.

The special session, which was proposed by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), will be held on Dec 3 and 4 (New York time).

It is expected to gather the UN member states, non-member observer states, NGOs, civil society organisations, academic institutions and the private sector to reaffirm global solidarity and

strengthen multilateral efforts to best address the challenges brought by the pandemic.

The session also aims to coordinate the international pandemic response.

The opening segment of the special session will include statements by the president of the 75th UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, UN secretary general António

Guterres and president Ilham Aliyez of Azerbaijan as the chair of NAM.

Other speakers that are slotted to deliver a statement at the opening segment will include the president of the UN Economic and Social Council and the president of the Security Council for the month of December 2020 (South Africa).