The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s leaders have stated that they will do more to ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines. The agreement was reached on Friday during an online summit on the pandemic and global economic recovery.
The event was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, US President Joe Biden, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The APEC leaders emphasized the importance of accelerating equitable access to safe, effective, and affordable vaccines in a statement.
As the world recovers from the pandemic, Suga urged the international community to reaffirm the value of multilateralism. He also promised to work toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Suga vowed to make the Tokyo Olympics safe and secure, and to use the event, which begins next week, to inspire children through the power of sports. According to Japanese government officials, a number of countries have expressed their support.
China has provided more than 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses to developing countries, according to Xi. He also promised $3 billion in aid over the next three years to help rebuild damaged economies.
According to a White House statement issued following the talks, the United States is donating more than 500 million vaccines to over 100 countries. Biden also appeared to take a jab at Beijing, warning that vaccines should be provided without regard for political or economic considerations.