Opinion: Southeast Asia Needs Its Own CDC

Jul 10, 2020

"The need for ASEAN CDC is clear, especially as the pandemic moves into the recovery but vigilance phase. This phase will require greater cooperation beyond national borders, for several reasons: 

1.Public health principles and operations dictate that during pandemics countries are only as safe as their (weakest) neighbors are, and ASEAN nations after all are part of "one community."

2. As the economy, trade and supply chains restart across ASEAN nations, we need ways to protect against future waves of infections if people start moving again.

3. ASEAN countries are collectively vulnerable in financial and health systems resilience terms to withstand several years of COVID-19, and they will benefit from some resource sharing, pooled or joint procurement, and regional capacity development. " Think Global Health 

 


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