Malaysia, Australia to work together on Covid-19 vaccination

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA and Australia have agreed to co-operate on the Covid-19 vaccination as part of the effort under the Malaysia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

Apart from the vaccination, the bilateral partnership would include keeping the markets open and the international supply chains functioning to support economic recovery efforts and peoples’ livelihoods as well as managing cross-border movement.

“The elevation of the Malaysia-Australia partnership is very significant and historic, creating another milestone in diplomatic relations between the two countries,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement yesterday.

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

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Australian counterpart Scott John Morrison launched the Malaysia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) during the inaugural Malaysia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting, held via video conferencing.

Both PMs approved the Plan of Action, which charts out concrete initiatives under the three CSP main pillars namely, Economic Prosperity; Society and Technology as well as Defence Cooperation and Regional Security.

They also approved the Joint Statement of the Malaysia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting.

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.

According to the statement, he CSP will enable the two partners to navigate a new landscape and stay ahead of the curve.