Vietnamese delegates at the 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting. (Photo: VNA)
– Pham Thi Hong Yen,
permanent member of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Committee for Economic
Affairs, has called for further sharing of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment
drugs between members of the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP).
This is a basic solution to economic recovery, Yen
said while addressing a discussion session of the 11th ASEP on November
She also suggested countries that have strength in
the production of vaccines and treatment drugs to enhance their support to developing
nations and those severely affected by the pandemic, helping their citizens gain
equitable and timely access to vaccines, treatment drugs and modern medical
The Vietnamese legislator highlighted the need to beef up partnerships
and cooperation in the transfer of vaccine production technologies, and to improve capability for COVID-19 response.
Yen proposed boosting partnerships between ASEP and
regional and international parliamentary organisations in preventing and
handling crises and emergencies, saying ASEP member parliaments should quickly
consolidate national policies to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control, and
economic recovery for both short and long terms, especially targeting the green,
She stressed the significance of trade
liberalisation, transnational investment, international transportation,
innovation, creation, digital transformation, application of scientific and technological advances, and high-quality personnel development to fulfill these objectives.
The meeting concluded the same day with the issuance
of a joint declaration, under which the ASEP committed to strengthening multilateralism
and global partnership for peace, stability, development and human rights based
on the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and international law.
The meeting also emphasised the importance of
inclusive dialogue, trust building, adherence to the principle of mutual security
and constructive diplomatic engagement, especially parliamentary diplomacy in
preventing wars and conflicts.
ASEP-11 urged ASEM partners to cooperate more
extensively on the production and distribution of safe, effective and
quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines to provide equitable access to COVID-19
vaccination by continuing investment in scientific research and development,
technology transfer, manufacturing and making vaccines available and
affordable to all and as common global public goods, and to work cohesively to
promote an inclusive and effective immunisation against the virus so that
socio-economic recovery can be carried out faster and in a robust and inclusive