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Jokowi calls for fair access to vaccine in UNGA speech

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko Widodo delivers his address at the United Nations General Assembly which was broadcasted virtually on Tuesday evening New York time or Wednesday morning Jakarta time. It is Jokowi's first speech and attendance at the largest annual multilateral summit during his tenure.(Antara/Foreign Ministry)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for equal access to future vaccines and has urged countries to work together and set aside rivalries to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in his first-ever address to the United Nations General Assembly. World leaders have submitted prerecorded messages to be played at the annual assembly, which began on Tuesday, as confirmed infections worldwide have surpassed 31.7 million and more than 975,000 people have died, according to Worldometer. The president urged nations to cooperate and promoted “a win-win approach” to tackling both the health and socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. “A vaccine will be a game changer in the war against the pandemic. We need to work together to ensure that all countries have equal access to a safe vaccine at affordable prices,” the President said in his statement to the assemb...