President Duterte had called for greater global solidarity amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte had reiterated his call for greater global solidarity amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
President Duterte said in his speech that solidarity among countries was important because a country was only as strong as its weakest link.
According to President Duterte, the Philippines supported all avenues for increased production of COVID-19 therapeutics, COVID-19 diagnostics, and COVID-19 vaccines.
Likewise, the Philippines thanked Japan and other partners in the WHO-led COVAX Facility that have benefitted many developing countries — including the Philippines.
“First, we are only as strong as our weakest link as a country and as a region, and as one global community. This is why we need greater solidarity for collective, coordinated, and comprehensive responses. Inward-looking policies will lead us nowhere. But collective international action can only complement national responses which should be people-centered and holistic,” President Duterte said.
Also in his speech, President Duterte highlighted the Philippine government’s efforts to achieve inclusive and sustainable recovery amidst the coronavirus pandemic — particularly strengthening the public health system, ensuring universal health care coverage, enhancing food security, reinforcing the digital economy, and maximizing connectivity in the country.
President Duterte made the statement as he virtually addressing the 26th Future of Asia conference organized by Nikkei Inc.