/ 16 July 2021

Global leaders get talking

We’re not the only nation worried about COVID and jobs… New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern will today host an emergency meeting with APEC leaders (our region’s premier economic forum) to discuss current COVID challenges, like the ongoing impact on the global economy. Ardern was due to host the 21-nation online summit in November, but China’s President Xi Jinping, US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and PM Scott Morrison will today (virtually) attend the ‘informal’ session on making vaccine rollouts more efficient, and securing jobs and economies. Ardern is also expected to argue for more resources for the COVAX program, which was set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. It has struggled to secure enough doses for developing nations. “Nobody is safe until everyone is safe,” she said earlier this week.

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