VN, Australia may conduct joint development of vaccines for COVID-19
17:31 | 16/04/2020
VGP  - Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held phone talks with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Thursday to discuss on bilateral and regional cooperation amid ongoing complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the Government Guest House in Ha Noi on June 12, 2019. Photo: VGP/Hai Minh

Minh briefed about recent efforts made by Viet Nam and ASEAN in dealing with the pandemic, underlining the significance of regional and international cooperation, including ASEAN-Australia cooperation, in this issue.

He spoke highly of the two countries’ efforts in regularly and effectively maintaining contact channels at all levels despite this difficult time and suggested both sides continue fostering cooperation through the existing mechanisms in order to sustain positive development pace of the Viet Nam-Australia strategic partnership.

Meanwhile, Ms. Payne appreciated the initiatives and role of Viet Nam as the current ASEAN Chair, affirming her country wishes to further tighten ties with Viet Nam in the fight against the pandemic both at bilateral and multilateral aspects.

She extended thanks to the Government of Viet Nam for having offered medical consular support for Australian citizens affected by the virus over the past time.

The pair agreed to continue exchanges, information and experience sharing in COVID-19 prevention and control work, including possible joint research and development of vaccines and production of medical supplies and equipment.

The sides agreed to convene an annual meeting between the two foreign ministries in the 3rd quarter this year in Australia or in form of video conference to discuss measures to beef up the strategic partnership, with a focus on cooperation in healthcare, food security, and mitigation of socio-economic impacts caused by the pandemic.

Both sides also agreed to continue strengthening coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations and ASEAN-led mechanisms and over regional and international issues of common concerns, including maintenance of peace, stability and security in the East Sea on the basis of respect for international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea./.

By Huong Giang

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