(Photo: State Dept. / Shannicka Tamar)

The Indonesian Ministry of Well being has received a shipment of the new oral antiviral medicine nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (PAXLOVID™) funded by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia via the Globe Well being Organization for the remedy of COVID-19 individuals. The donation was symbolically handed more than by WHO Representative to Indonesia, Dr. N. Paranietharan, to the Indonesian Minister of Well being Budi G. Sadikin on April 13, 2023, at the Ministry of Well being.

The delivery of the Paxlovid antiviral therapeutics caps a partnership involving the United States and Indonesia that demonstrates the worth of constructive collaboration.

3 years ago, the planet was confronted with a pandemic that was killing millions of men and women, even in its initial stages.  Social interactions have been necessarily restricted, typically maintaining pals and family members separated and severely decreasing financial activities.

And due to the fact illness knows no borders, COVID-19 necessary international coordination to limit the spread of the illness and an aggressive search for vaccines to cut down infections and devise new remedies.

(Photo: State Dept. / Shannicka Tamar)

In the end, the pandemic infected far more than 760 million men and women and took the lives of nearly 7 million planet-wide, creating it one particular of the deadliest outbreaks in history.

At the outbreak of the pandemic, couple of predicted that a vaccine would be offered inside a year.  But thanks to sophisticated technologies, surprisingly successful vaccines became offered by the finish of 2020 and spread all through the globe the subsequent two years.

Indonesia and the United States joined forces to use the newly devised drugs and to quickly upgrade distribution systems to confront the pandemic collectively, to limit the spread of a deadly illness and to treat these threatened by infection.

As a outcome of our combined efforts, we have drastically lowered deaths and extreme illness, and drastically restricted the spread of COVID in Southeast Asia and the planet.

We have discovered important lessons from COVID-19, and are applying them to improve well being safety going forward.

I applaud Minister Budi and his teams for their leadership in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia.  And I thank the Republic of Indonesia for its powerful commitment to worldwide well being safety.

All through these 3 years, we have realized the worth of delivering equitable and widespread assistance.

Indonesia is a magnificent and diverse nation, and we take pride that our partnership reached the complete spectrum of social and financial classes.  Certainly, it had to in order to be prosperous.

Collectively we are far more resilient to withstand future well being challenges.

Collectively we are stronger.

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By Editor

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