The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell and the ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi officially launched today (2/6) an EU-funded project called “Southeast Asia Health Pandemic Response and Preparedness”. With €20 million, the project will be implemented by WHO to enhance regional coordination of the COVID-19 response and strengthen the capacity of health systems in South-East Asia, while paying special attention to vulnerable populations.
Team Europe - comprising the EU, its Member States and financial institutions - has provided over €800 million to assist ASEAN in its response to the coronavirus. The support is given to health facilities and health workers, provisions of personal protective equipment and sanitizers, as well as technical assistance and institutional support.
Team Europe also contributes to the financing of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a global initiative to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to everyone including citizens of ASEAN. The initial contribution was doubled on 19 February 2021, making Team Europe one of the lead donors to COVAX providing over €2.47 billion in funding.
Detailed Team Europe support regionally and in each ASEAN Member States: