APEC leaders meet over access to COVID-19 vaccine


World leaders in a recent virtual meeting explored ways to accelerate access of countries to vaccines.
U.S. President Joe Biden, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s
Xi Jinping are among those who attended seeking a unified action addressing impacts of the global pandemic.


WELLINGTON — Leaders of the 21-member grouping made a commitment to redouble efforts to expand vaccine manufacture and supply claiming they will continue to support economies for as long as necessary.

In a shared statement of the Asia-Pacific trade group, the APEC says it recognizes extensive COVID-19 immunization is a global public good and that accelerating access to vaccine is essential to overcoming the crisis.

Also in the statement, the leaders say they would encourage voluntary transfer of vaccine production technology on mutually agreed terms. They agreed they must pave the way for safe resumption of cross-border travel, but “without undermining efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

“The pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on our region’s people and economies.

“We will only overcome this health emergency by accelerating equitable access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable COVID-19 vaccines,” says the statement further.

“We recognize the role of extensive immunization against COVID-19 as a global public good. To that end, we will redouble our efforts to expand vaccine manufacture and supply, support global vaccine-sharing efforts, and encourage the voluntary transfer of vaccine production technologies on mutually agreed terms.” (HMP/Headline PH)

Featured image: Russia President Vladimir Putin attends the virtual APEC emergency meet. /Credit: Deccan Herald


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