Canada will contribute CAD 3.5 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN has made important strides to address the COVID-19 pandemic, through measures such as the development of the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, sharing of information through the ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network and the ASEAN BioDiaspora Virtual Centre for Big Data Analytics and Visualisation – both implemented in cooperation with Canada – and the articulation of a whole-of-Community recovery from COVID-19 with the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.
Secretary-General of ASEAN H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi said, “Regional efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been put in place since as early as February last year. As part of these regional efforts, ASEAN is working with our external partners to overcome this global challenge. The ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership has always been steadfast as evidenced especially in these challenging times.”