Special Ministerial Conference for ASEAN Digital Public Health

Coordination and alignment are critical in the fight against COVID-19. ASEAN can lead the way in redesigning the global health infastructure through the sharing of knowledge, information and resources. This was stated by the Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy at the Closing Ceremony of Special Ministerial Conference for ASEAN Digital Public Health yesterday afternoon. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, said that an ultimate sharing platform that is equipped with science and technology will lead to a holistic approach and at the same time help to address the risk of marginalisation in the population.

Yang Berhormat added there is clear opportunity for ASEAN to collaborate with public health research and Multilateral organisations in collecting more real-time data and real-world evidence in order to optimise and innovate current clinical studies as well as reducing data cost.

The event culminated with the official launch of EVYD Knowledge Hub, and a call to action to showcase the platform's ongoing trans-border public health initiatives. This includes the joint study Immunogenicity of COVID-19 vaccines and levels of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibody in the Bruneian population between the Ministry of Health, Duke-N-U-S Medical School and Universiti Brunei Darussalam, supported by EVYD Knowledge Hub and Temasek Foundation. Together with the Ministry of Health, EVYD Knowledge Hub is also the supporter of the proposed ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network's rumour surveillance platform.

Source: Radio Television Brunei