Foreign Secretary announces £6.3million of new funding to tackle the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 across South East Asia.
Sep 30, Dominic Raab: £6.3million of new funding to tackle the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 across South East Asia has been announced today by the UK Foreign Secretary, who is in the region visiting South Korea and Vietnam.
On his visit to Vietnam, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the funding package for a mixture of programmes with the Asian Development Bank and ASEAN bodies.
As part of the visit, Dominic Raab also opened the UK-Vietnam Health Conference with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The conference is bringing together sector experts from development and research organisations to discuss vaccine development and ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Vietnam.
This comes as Oxford University’s COVID-19 trial to identify effective treatments for COVID-19 patients was confirmed today (Wednesday 30 September) in Vietnam as the first overseas expansion of crucial efforts to fight the disease.
Before his visit to Hanoi, the Foreign Secretary was in South Korea on Tuesday (29 September) where he had meetings with Foreign Minister Kang and former UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon in Seoul. He also visited the DMZ on the border with North Korea. The visit is part of a wider tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region, to forge a closer partnership on climate change, trade and security.
Speaking from Vietnam, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
The UK is playing a leading role in the global COVID-19 response. The UK package of support announced today will help stop the spread of the virus.
Co-operation between UK and Vietnamese scientists will protect the British and Vietnamese people and help put humanity on the road to recovery.
Today’s new funding takes the total coronavirus support to the region to over £50 million, including existing programmes which have been adapted to meet the needs of the COVID-19 outbreak.