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Jakarta Post

Retno joins all-female chair of global vaccine initiative

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 14 2021   /  01:00 am
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi spoke on behalf of President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (Twitter/@Menlu_RI)

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has been elected one of three co-chairs of the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), whose mission is to ensure the equitable and fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the 92 participating emerging economies, including Indonesia. The minister said during an online press conference on Wednesday that the co-chairs were voted for virtually on Friday and that the results were announced early on Tuesday. “Thank God, Indonesia garnered [a plurality of the] votes with 41 percent,” Retno said, adding that Ethiopian Health Minister Lia Tadesse and Canadian International Development Minister Karina Gould had been appointed the other two co-chairs of the multilateral effort. She noted that all of the newly elected co-chairs were women.   Honoured to be elected as Co-Chair #COVAX AMC Engagement Group today in Geneva (12/01) p...