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Jakarta Post

Indonesia cautions against ‘vaccine nationalism'

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 31, 2021   /  07:36 pm
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A health worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta on Jan. 21, a day after Indonesia began its mass vaccination program.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesia has urged the world to not resort to "vaccine nationalism", which it says could limit the global availability of COVID-19 vaccines, after a recent procurement row broke out in Europe. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said during an online panel organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Friday that equitable and fair access to vaccines was important not just for developing and least developed countries, but also for developed countries. She said the world would not truly recover from COVID-19 unless all countries recovered. “So please stop the politicization of vaccines; please stop vaccine nationalism. And we must remind ourselves that vaccines are a humanitarian issue; vaccines are not a political issue,” Retno said. Indonesia has promoted multilateralism in the search for solutions to the global health crisis as a means to keep nationalism an...