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Pakistan 'resolutely and successfully confronting Covid-19', FM Mahmood says

APP/Islamabad, Pakistan
Filed on November 11, 2020

(Reuters)

Mahmood says WHO's director-general had said Pakistan is one of the leading countries to learn from in dealing with the pandemic.

Pakistan on Wednesday expressed a firm resolve to counter Covid-19 and said additional measures were being taken on public health, economic and poverty alleviation to reduce the impact of the pandemic.

“We have been resolutely and successfully confronting Covid-19 and taking all possible measures to strengthen the existing health system,” Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said at a video-conference on the country’s Covid-19 response.

The vice-ministerial level conference, chaired by Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui, was participated in by Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Mahmood mentioned that the World Health Organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , had acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in fighting Covid-19 underlining that Pakistan was one of the countries to learn from.

He noted that despite Covid-19, Pakistan’s economy had shown signs of recovery and resilience with several key economic indicators being very promising.

The foreign secretary also hoped that during the post-Covid-19 era, the Belt and Road Initiative and China Pakistan Economic Corridor would become the hub of trade and economic activity for the region.

Lauding the resumption of Pakistan’s International Airline’s (PIA) weekly commercial flight to China, the Foreign Secretary hoped that Pakistani students would soon start returning to China.

Mahmood said a Covid-19 vaccine, when developed, must be declared a “global public good” and made available on an equitable basis.

He underlined that Pakistan and China’s collaboration in the Phase-III clinical trials of a Chinese vaccine in Pakistan were progressing well.

He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to support the idea of ‘Health Silk Road’ to deepen cooperation in the health sector.

The Foreign Secretary underlined that international cooperation and solidarity was pivotal for success in the fight against Covid-19.

He maintained that the pandemic should neither be politicised nor stigmatised.

Noting the importance of multi-lateralism, the Foreign Secretary stressed that WHO must play a central role in leading the global fight against the pandemic.





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