On 3 February 2021, the Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva D.Mukashev took part in an interactive dialogue between representatives of the Forum of Small States (FOSS) with Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr.T.Ghebreyesus.
During the interactive dialogue, Dr.T.Ghebreyesus has informed the representatives of 108 countries about the current situation related to global COVID-19 pandemic, issues related to vaccination and the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the new initiatives of the WHO in the short run.
In his statement, the Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyzstan D.Mukashev expressed his gratitude to the Head of the WHO, the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), the COVAX mechanism and other international partners for comprehensive assistance provided to Kyrgyzstan in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic; underlined the leading role of WHO in this respect; stressed the need to enhance multilateral cooperation among states in the context of the ongoing pandemic; emphasized the importance of ensuring equal and timely access of all states to COVID-19 vaccines; urged not to resort to measures that could adversely affect the ability of economically vulnerable states to effectively combat the spread of coronavirus. In this context, the Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan noted that the Kyrgyz side was completing the necessary procedures to receive the first doses of clinically approved vaccines for further vaccination of the country's population.
For reference: The Forum of Small States (FOSS) is an informal association of countries with populations of fewer than 10 million people. The FOSS was established in 1992 at the initiative of Singapore. The number of FOSS members has now grown to 108 countries.