America, Australia, India, and Japan are setting up a working group to distribute vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region
The United States and its three partners in the Indo-Pacific region-Australia, India, and Japan – have agreed to deliver up to a billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Asia by the end of 2022.
This was announced following the virtual summit results of the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), which includes Australia, India, the United States, and Japan.
In a joint statement, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to work closely together on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as on climate change and security.
Following the summit, it was decided to create an expert group to organize the distribution of vaccines and working groups on climate change, technical standards, and joint development of new technologies.
The United States and its allies have pledged to continue efforts to promote freedom and democracy in the Indo-Pacific region in the face of growing challenges from Beijing.
“We are committed to ensuring that the region is governed by international law, shares universal values, and is free from coercion,” Joe Biden said.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called the summit “a big day for American diplomacy.”
“The four leaders discussed the challenges from China, and they made it clear that none of them have any illusions about China,” Sullivan said. He added that “democracy can defeat autocracy.”