Asean nations urged to bolster response to pandemic

Laos has pushed for the relevant bodies in Asean countries to accelerate implementation of the Asean initiative to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and keep the virus in check.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith delivered the message on Thursday when he headed a Lao delegation taking part in the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat via video link, chaired by Brunei.

The gathering was the first Asean ministers’ meeting held by Brunei Darussalam as the Asean Chair for 2021, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asean leaders were urged to speed up the implementation of Asean’s economic post-pandemic recovery plan and use the Asean Covid-19 Response Fund to buy vaccines for residents of the 10-nation bloc.

This would help to minimise the impact of the pandemic on socio-economic development and people’s health.

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