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COVID vaccines

APEC leaders vow to boost vaccine output as delta variant rages

Xi and Biden tout contributions of jabs and aid for post-pandemic recovery

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden are to meet online on July 16. (Source photos by AP, Reuters and Getty Images) 

SYDNEY -- Leaders of Asia-Pacific nations on Friday pledged to increase coronavirus vaccine output and distribution against a COVID-19 resurgence that has again made the region a front line in the pandemic.

While coronavirus testing remains important, "we will only overcome this health emergency by accelerating equitable access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable COVID-19 vaccines," the leaders said in a statement after an informal online meeting.

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