Addressing a virtual meeting organized by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Xi Jinping reaffirmed his country's commitment to maintaining stable and secure vaccine supply chains.
Participating APEC members pledged to stick to the Putrajaya Vision on an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040.
China will provide US$3 billion in international aid over the next three years to support the response to COVID-19 and the economic and social recovery of other developing countries.
The mounting loss of lives and jobs brought by the pandemic calls for urgent meetings of APEC leaders twice this year. With the first happening virtually tomorrow, they'll discuss collective and coordinated actions to chart the path to the region's recovery. #APEC2021pic.twitter.com/eCm030K9c3
Over 3.61 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, as recorded by the University of Oxford's Our World in Data project.
The U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and, Russian President Vladimir Putin also addressed the event.
"Our conversations have taken us beyond vaccine nationalism. We are now focusing on all aspects of contributing to the global vaccine effort: producing, sharing, and using vaccines," Ardern stressed.
On Monday, #Colombia was the first country in the Americas to receive a batch of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the COVAX mechanism, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide access to countries in the Global South. pic.twitter.com/McstoRX9Zn