Quad pledges 1.3 billion vaccines for the world

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken & Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar at Quad

Quad pledges 1.3 billion vaccines for the world

Australia, India, Japan and the US resolve at Melbourne

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue partners have already collectively provided more than 500 million vaccine doses.

By B N KUMAR

MUMBAI, Feb 11 (The CONNECT) As the world entered the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Quad partners have pledged to donate more than 1.3 billion vaccine doses globally.

The fourth Quad Foreign Ministers meeting held at Melbourne today noted the group partnership’s rapid progress in expanding vaccine production at the Biological E Ltd facility in India, which aims to deliver at least one billion vaccines by the end of 2022.

The commitment assumes significance in the light of the WHO's call for ending vaccine access crisis plaguing the poor nations due to what it called the hoarding of the doses by the rich few.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue partners - Australia, India, Japan and the United States - have already collectively provided more than 500 million vaccine doses.

“We look forward to the delivery of the first batch of Quad-supported vaccines in the first half of this year,” a Quad statement accessed by BizNewsConnect said.

“We are assisting to train healthcare workers, combat vaccine hesitancy and augment infrastructure, especially cold chain systems, for ‘last mile’ vaccine delivery. We are working to identify and address vaccine gaps and barriers exacerbated by gender, disability and social inequities, and ensure safe, effective, affordable and quality-assured vaccination coverage in hard-to-reach areas. We welcome the timely initiative for coordinating the response to combat the COVID pandemic under a Global Action Plan for Enhanced Engagement,” the statement at the end of the meeting attended by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, India and Japan and the Secretary of State of the United States.

Quad will continue to support ASEAN partners to advance the practical implementation of ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, the statement said.

The Outlook’s principles are fundamental to regional stability and prosperity and will be key to guiding the region’s economic and political future, it said.

The Quad recognises that international law, peace, and security in the maritime domain underpins the development and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific.

The statement said Quad is exchanging information on ever-evolving threats and working with Indo-Pacific countries, and in multilateral fora, to counter all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.

Quad denounced the use of terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism and urged countries to work together to eliminate terrorist safe havens; disrupt terrorist networks and the infrastructure and financial channels which sustain them; and halt cross-border movement of terrorists.

In this context, Quad Ministers called on all countries to ensure that territory under their control is not used to launch terror attacks and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks. The group reiterated its condemnation of terrorist attacks in India, including 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.

They reaffirmed UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021) that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country, shelter or train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist acts, with such ungoverned spaces being a direct threat to the safety and security of the Indo-Pacific.

The statement said “The Quad is supporting regional neighbours to build resilience and counter disinformation. We will also coordinate efforts to assist partners across the Indo-Pacific to address the growing threat of ransomware, by strengthening capacity building to ensure resilient cyber security and to counter cybercrime. We are committed to promoting international peace and stability in cyberspace, and to helping build the capacity of regional countries to implement the UN Voluntary Framework for Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace.”

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