0:46 28 January 2021
Post by: WBJ

On future of Norway

Top diplomats in Warsaw told the WBJ about the future from their countries’ perspective in the coronavirus era. What is the opinion of Anders Eide, Norwegian ambassador?

On future of Norway
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How high are your country’s hopes for 2021 in light of the vaccine announcement/s?

A number of Covid-19 vaccines are being tested. Several different vaccines look likely to be approved relatively soon. Norway is co-chair of the ACT-A facility council, the global initiative that is working to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. We are optimistic that we will see an improvement in the epidemic situation and an increase in economic activity in 2021. At the same time, we need to keep in mind that the epidemic will not end immediately when the vaccine is introduced. Precautionary measures will still be necessary, at least for the first half of next year.

What does a Biden-Harris presidency mean for your country’s ties with the US?

The US is our most important ally. We work closely together in many areas. We look forward to developing cooperation with the US further under Mr. Biden’s leadership. Our primary aim is to safeguard Norway’s interests. The US is important for Norwegian security, economy, and for Norwegian jobs. The world needs the leadership of the US to help solve the major global challenges it’s facing. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration, in the UN Security Council, and in the international efforts to combat the pandemic and mitigate climate change. We have maintained close cooperation with the US throughout different administrations.

How are Christmas and NYE celebrations in your country going to be different this year?

Norway stands at the beginning of a serious second wave of infections. The virus is spreading rapidly. All countries now have outbreaks of infection. Our government has therefore introduced new national infection control measures. An important aim for these measures is to safeguard a relatively normal Christmas celebration, in addition to protecting lives. For the time being the development is however such that we must be prepared for restrictive measures through Christmas as well. We still hope to be able to celebrate with families and those that we’re close to, but larger gatherings of friends and extended family will have to wait.

anders eide

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