Duterte asks Apec: Ensure universal access to vaccine

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte stressed the need for countries to ensure universal access to a COVID-19 vaccine and to keep trade free, open and fair in order to achieve comprehensive and inclusive economic recovery in the face of the pandemic.

Duterte made the call on Friday when he spoke at the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting, which was held online and hosted by Malaysia.

The 21-member Apec endorsed the Apec Putrajaya Vision 2040 that commits the member economies to deepen regional economic integration, address income inequality within and between countries, and enhance economic cooperation to face the new globalization, driven by…

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