Malaysia News: Vaccines must be affordable to everyone

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Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Photo: Hari Anggara

Malaysia News: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that vaccination is a human right and must be respected, protected and realized. Therefore, universal access to affordable, accessible and fair vaccines is essential .

He said that at this juncture. International cooperation is essential to ensure effective coordination and follow-up of the efforts of the United Nations system. It is to promote and ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment in the face of Covid-19.

In the same spirit, he said that Malaysia has joined the Covax Global Vaccine Facility and is working with countries around the world to ensure that vaccines must become a global public interest.

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“The world is anxiously waiting for the development of a safe and effective vaccine to stem Covid-19, and some countries have also begun their national roll-out plans or are taking part in Phase Three Clinical Trials.”

In his opening speech at the 2020 International Human Rights Day virtual forum, he said:

“While these are positive developments, there is a high risk that global competition will increase the prices of vaccines and other medical treatment which will affect our efforts for global immunity.”

At the same time, in conjunction with today’s World Human Rights Day.

Hishammuddin said that the Malaysian government has determined that the economic impact of the pandemic affects more women than men. Therefore, it has implemented gender-sensitive policies in the Prihaddin and Penjana stimulus plans, including single mothers. Cash assistance, childcare subsidies and flexible work arrangements.

“We are also focus on addressing the rise in gender-based violence cases during the pandemic. We took measures to safeguard and protect women by setting up helplines, online advocacy, shelters and providing counselling services.

He said: “The welfare of migrants, refugees, and stateless people in Malaysia were also not forgotten and have been given equal importance with free health screenings and medical treatments related to Covid-19 provided for all foreign nationals, regardless of their immigration status.”

Malaysia remains committed to following up on the recommendations received during the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November 2018. To this end, a multi-stakeholder consultation involving all sectors, academia, and civil society. It has institutionalized.

“From these consultations, we also recognise the need to improve our monitoring mechanism and have agreed to use the National Recommendations Tracking Database (NRTD) developed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as it will facilitate monitoring and coordination among agencies.”

“It is worth mentioning that this year Malaysia was selected by OHCHR as one of the six model countries for its ‘Study on Good Practices emerging from the UPR’, and through the study. OHCHR will produce a public report on good practices emerging from the UPR which would serve as reference material for countries in future UPRs.” he said.

Hishammuddin said that Malaysia will propose to the Human Rights Council a term of 2022-2024.

He said: “The Human Rights Council embodies the spirit of multilateralism. Malaysia continues to advocate and as a member of the HRC. Malaysia will work closely with all actors to drive progress on human rights at home and globally.”

At the same time, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Stefan Prisner. They praised Malaysia’s recent development of an effective system to monitor the implementation of the universal periodic review recommendations.

“I would like to acknowledge Malaysia’s commitment to human rights…The UN has been proud to work with your beautiful country since before the independence. We are pleased to support Malaysia in the various human rights efforts.”

“We also recognise the important role of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) for the promotion and protection of human rights, and we stand ready to support the government and other partners now and future…”

“And look forward to further strengthening the collaboration by signing the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework as soon as possible.” He added.

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