1. The ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) held a Special Meeting on 20 February 2020 in Vientiane, Lao PDR to discuss follow-up actions to the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on ASEAN collective response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

2. The Ministers emphasized the importance of ASEAN solidarity and unity to effectively respond to challenges from the outbreak of COVID-19.

3. The Ministers reviewed ASEAN’s existing efforts both at national and regional levels and in cooperation with external partners and the international community to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19; commended
timely and effective actions undertaken by the ASEAN health sector and relevant sectoral bodies, including the ASEAN defence establishments, as agreed by the ASEAN Defence Ministers in Ha Noi on 19 February 2020.

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