'COVID-19 vaccine must be accessible to all countries'

The Maldives has noted the importance of ensuring that a vaccine against COVID-19, if prepared, is accessible to all countries.

The Maldives Health Minister Abdulla Ameen made the remarks in the statement he delivered at the Solidarity Call to Action virtual conference. In his statement, the minister noted the challenges in providing adequate health services to the country's citizens, and stressed that any vaccine effective against COVID-19 must be accessible to developing nations as well as first world countries. He further noted that the world can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic only through collaborative effort and assistance between all countries. The minister called on all 34 countries participating in the event to share health technology and resources to realise equitable global access to COVID-19 health technologies.

Maldives has announced that it will be joining the Solidarity Call to Action. The following WHO Member States have also informed they are joining the Solidarity Call to Action:

Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, The Netherlands, Timor-Leste, Uruguay, Zimbabwe