A group of Singapore government officers spearheaded a multi-nation effort to develop and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine next year to all countries.PHOTO: REUTERS
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Senior Political Correspondent
SINGAPORE – When Covid-19 began its march across the world earlier this year, international diplomacy all but came to a halt. Meetings were cancelled and diplomats were grounded as borders slammed shut.
It was a challenge, said Ambassador Umej Bhatia, Singapore’s permanent representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva where several UN organisations are headquartered, including the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“We couldn’t stay in the trenches and say, ‘Oh, we can’t work because we don’t feel safe’.”