Jacinda Ardern Calls For Extra APEC Meeting To Navigate Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Jacinda Ardern Calls For Extra APEC Meeting To Navigate Through COVID-19 Pandemic

She said U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had confirmed they would participate.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

APEC brings together Pacific Rim countries ranging from the United States to Papua New Guinea, collectively accounting for about 60 percent of global GDP.

Ardern was scheduled to host the annual 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit online in November but called an additional virtual meeting.

As the host nation for 2021, New Zealand has already signaled its intention to expedite the trade of COVID-19 vaccines and medical material across the region.

Ardern said the advance meeting would examine issues such as making vaccination rollouts more efficient and steps governments could take to protect jobs and the economy.

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