The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and brought about untold consequences to lives and socio-economic development of the world. No one is safe until everyone is safe. Therefore, it required concerted and genuine cooperation and partnership among nations across the world, especially in the face of the current wave of outbreak in which COVID-19 mutation has become more contagious and resistant to available vaccines. In this context, genuine cooperation should be strongly promoted through development and production of vaccines and medicines, politicization of vaccines or the origin-tracing of COVID-19 virus should be avoided, as it is a complex scientific matter that requires objective, transparent, inclusive and purely scientific based efforts. Only through multilateral cooperation, all nations, especially developing countries, would be able to have equal access to vaccines and medicines and thus COVID-19 would be defeated.
Lao PDR stands ready to support and contribute to this endeavor.
Vientiane, July 22nd, 2021