Singapore’s PM Calls For Affordable Access To Vaccines, Better Global Disease Surveillance Networks At G20 Summit

SINGAPORE, Nov 22 (NNN-CNA) – Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, put forward two suggestions on what G20 countries could do together, at the G20 summit yesterday, the Straits Times report today.

The first suggestion is to ensure affordable and equitable access to vaccines. Lee said, he was glad the G20 had advanced vaccine multilateralism by backing global initiatives, such as, Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and COVID-19 Vaccine Access Facility.

He also said that Singapore will continue to work closely with WHO and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, to accelerate vaccine development and enhance long-term pandemic preparedness.

The second suggestion is to strengthen global disease surveillance networks, so that the world will be better prepared for the next pandemic.

Lee said, the effectiveness of such networks depends on countries investing in their domestic surveillance and response capabilities, as well as, on their willingness to share information with one another.

Besides, he said, Singapore stands ready to support the G20 in its endeavours to reinvigorate multilateralism, and to create a fair and stable international order, which will allow every country to grow and prosper.

Singapore is an invited guest country to the G20 summit this year.– NNN-CNA