Fri, 03 Dec 2021

WELLINGTON -- Business leaders from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) affirmed Wednesday that a collective approach putting people at the heart of the Asia-Pacific agenda is needed to overcome current challenges.

"The challenges we face today -- whether the pandemic recovery, trade, climate change, or inequality -- show that a prosperous, peaceful and resilient future for all can only be achieved by all economies working together," said ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei in a statement. (New Zealand-APEC Business Advisory Council)

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MANILA -- The Philippines on Wednesday received an additional batch of Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines purchased from the Chinese vaccine maker.

China has been delivering CoronaVac vaccines to the Philippines since Feb. 28. It was the first country to provide coronavirus shots to the Philippines, allowing the Southeast Asian country to kick off its vaccination drive on March 1. (Philippines-China-Vaccines)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Malaysia on Wednesday agreed to open vaccinated travel lanes in stages to stimulate economic recoveries in a meeting held at the presidential palace of Indonesia in Bogor, West Java.

The meeting on the cooperation about this special arrangement was held when visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Indonesian President Joko Widodo met at the latter's Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java. (Indonesia-Malaysia-Travel lanes)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,388,579 on Wednesday, as 10,126 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 460 deaths due to the pandemic were reported since Tuesday morning, taking the total death toll to 461,849. There are still 139,683 active COVID-19 cases in the country despite a fall of 955 active cases during the past 24 hours. "India's active caseload is lowest in 264 days," said the ministry. (India-COVID-19 tally)

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