President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member-states to ensure universal access to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines and inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.
Duterte also underscored the need to strengthen partnerships and make the vaccines a global public good, noting that comprehensive recovery means ensuring that “no one is left behind.”
“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 said.
“There is no other way. Let us resolve to act decisively on universal vaccine access and maximize these mechanisms,” he added.At the same time, he called for “free, open, and fair” trade among the 20 other APEC leaders. SOVEREIGNPH