Jakarta: The Indonesian government today signed the bilateral contribution agreement with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
CEPI is one of the partners behind COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechamism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual covid-19 vaccines.
"Global cases of covid-19 continue to rise at a rate faster than ever before. Recent news on the progress of vaccine development is very encouraging but a lot remains to be done," said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in her remarks on Tuesday.
"Indonesia chooses to walk the talk and contribute within its capacity to vaccine multilateralism to protect its peoples and the world. We will lead by example including through the signing of Bilateral
Contribution Agreement with CEPI today," she stated.
According to minister, there are two reasons why Indonesia's collaboration with CEPI is important. First, it enables Indonesia to make concrete contribution to vaccine for all. Second, this collaboration is expected to strengthen the country's national health resilience.
"Indonesia’s collaboration with CEPI would benefit not only Indonesia but also the world in our fight against covid-19 and any future pandemics," she stated.