Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Hon. Soroi Eoe has expressed his gratitude on behalf of the government, to friends and development partners of Papua New Guinea, for their continuous and selfless support in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
He paid tribute to various governments , represented by their respective embassies in the country, namely, the Republic of the Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom, New Zealand, European Union, Japan, United States of America, France, India, Australia United Nations, World Health Organisation, and UNICEF for their contributions towards the COVAX facility.
Minister Eoe while addressing the successful delivery of 132,000 doses of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility at APEC Haus Port Moresby, this afternoon, said today’s event was testament of this partnership and multilateral collaboration.”
Mr Eoe further acknowledges the development partners , particularly, the UN Family , World Health Organisation, and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), for their continuous support during this time.
“Despite the negative impact of Covid 19 on global scale, including your own countries, those of you who are represented here today, as a developing nation, Papua New Guinea is most grateful to you all.” PNG’s bilateral and multilateral partners have continued to support the government’s effort to preventing the spread of Covid- 19 in the country since March 2020. “Bilateral partnership and multilateral collaboration lay a foundation for our fight against Covid-19.
“ Let me make particular reference to various governments through your embassies in Papua New Guinea, that have made contributions to the Covid effort in the country. “To those of you who are present, representing your governments, I thank you for supporting our efforts, and making available these vaccines at this crucial time of Papua New Guinea’s history.”
He added, “we uphold in this fight together and the best and most effective way to win this fight is to collectively pull resources together for our common good and benefit of mankind.” The recent surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has also affected many friends , relatives including colleagues and members of parliament, including the way we are doing business.
Meanwhile, Mr Eoe acknowledges the Marape-Basil government’s efforts to reducing the spread of covid-19 in th country through various measures being undertaken, including lockdowns, travel restrictions, mandatory wearing of face masks , and hygiene awareness. “And this 132,000 doses of vaccines will certainly provide some protections to our frontline workers who are most at risks to Covid -19 infections.
“These frontline workers play an essential and crucial role in providing necessary health care services to our population , particularly vulnerable segments of our society.” He further emphasised government’s commitment to supporting the delivery of the vaccine rollout program through out the country.