Leaders of the 21 nations of APEC have pledged urgent action to tackle the pandemic

The 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation met last Friday, 16th of July, (albeit virtually) to pledge urgent action to tackle the health and economic effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

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After the virtual meeting chaired by New Zealand, the leader issued a joint statement on saying the pandemics continues to have damaging effects 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,” they said.