In APEC Summit, Duterte calls for universal virus vaccine access, inclusive economic recovery
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte called for stronger cooperation to ensure universal coronavirus vaccine access and inclusive economic recovery during the first-ever virtual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Friday night.
Citing APEC’s role in promoting economic growth and prosperity in the Pacific Rim region over past the decades, Duterte said that APEC will play an important role in the region’s post-pandemic recovery efforts and in achieving sustained and inclusive growth.
“We aim for a comprehensive recovery with no one left behind. This can only be done through deeper engagement with the international community, especially with close partners in the Pacific Rim region,” said the President.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks in Session 2 of the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) through virtual convention from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 20, 2020. The President underscores the importance of striking a balance between containing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and being able to re-open economies as the Philippines continues to adjust to the new normal.He emphasizes three (3) key areas where the APEC Member Economies can work together — the unimpeded flow of medical supplies and technologies, the vital role of information in mitigation response and efforts, and the need for an inclusive economic recovery among Asia-Pacific countries.All Leaders of the 21 APEC Member Economies are given the opportunity to address the 2nd Session.#HealAsOne#2020DuterteVision#DuterteLegacy#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Friday, November 20, 2020
President Duterte called on APEC economies to strengthen partnerships and ensure the unimpeded flow of medical supplies and technologies and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“We have to defeat the virus everywhere, or no one is safe. To do this, we need to strengthen partnerships to make vaccines a global public good,” Duterte said.
“Several modalities are available. Aside from bilateral and multilateral cooperation, tripartite arrangements can be made between the government, private sector, and multilateral financial institutions.”
He added: “There is no other way. Let us resolve to act decisively on universal vaccine access and maximize these mechanisms.”
The President, together with his APEC counterparts, endorsed the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 which commits the 21-member-economies to deepen regional economic integration, address income inequalities within and between countries, and enhance cooperation to face the disruptive impact of a new globalization, driven by digitalization and innovation.
Over 57 million people worldwide have so far contracted the new coronavirus strain which was first detected in Hubei, China.
In the Philippines, the virus has sickened more than 415,000, of whom, 374,939 have recovered while 7,998 have died.
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