APEC to work on vaccine access

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum is calling for international efforts to make coronavirus vaccines affordable.

Ministers from the 21 APEC member economies wrapped up a two-day online meeting on Tuesday.

They issued a joint statement saying the region's economic recovery from the pandemic is far from complete and downside risks remain.

It goes on to say the members need to sustain their own revitalization through continued policy support measures.

Their statement also says leaders will continue work to make sure safe and affordable vaccines and therapeutics are available soon.

The ministers touch on climate change, acknowledging the need for urgent and concrete action.

Members say they will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and other environmentally sound technologies. APEC leaders will hold a virtual summit meeting on Friday.