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G20 research collaboration vital to boost pandemic management: BRIN

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Collaboration among G20 members is very important to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen pandemic surveillance, said Ni Luh P. Indi Dharmayanti, director of the Health Research Organization of the National Agency for Research and Innovation (BRIN).

Sharing research and development results across all institutions and countries will help ensure comprehensive and connected global data, she told ANTARA on Monday.

The G20 is an international forum of 19 countries and the European Union working together to address big issues. Indonesia holds the presidency of the grouping this year.

Access to integrated and comprehensive global data from research and development activities would support the achievement of a stronger, more collaborative and efficient pandemic surveillance system in the future, she said.

Developed and developing countries, especially other members of the G20, could work together to maximize their existing capacity and resources to achieve their collective goals and achieve prosperity for the international community.

According to Dharmayanti, developed countries generally have strong infrastructure and human resources; however, the number of disease cases needed for research is limited.

Conversely, developing countries have many cases, but face limitations in terms of infrastructure and human resources.

To this end, collaboration could help countries support and strengthen each other, including in research and development for pandemic surveillance.

So far, this collaboration has been coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), but it still needs to be strengthened.

Earlier, Indonesian G2O Co-Sherpa Dian Triansyah Djani said that Indonesia, through its role as G20 chair this year, seeks to ensure exit strategies from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While it is challenging, our finance and sherpa streams are currently working on strategies to emerge from this pandemic,” he said at the “Diversity and Inclusion in the G20 – Opportunities for Policy Reform” event.

These strategies will encompass equitable distribution and access to vaccines, financing strategy, prevention initiative, preparedness and future response to the pandemic, he informed during a panel discussion held in a format hybrid on June 18, 2022.

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