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New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, Dame Annette King meets with SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis in Australia on Tuesday.


APEC 2021 Senior Officials’ Meeting Chair Vangelis Vitalis met with New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, Dame Annette King in Canberra on Tuesday.

They hosted a breakfast to brief Australian media on the important work happening at APEC 2021, and the upcoming Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting (MRT).

Here’s how they reported on the meeting:

Jacinda Ardern's government pushes to scrap tariffs on vaccines, pause new fossil fuel subsidies – ABC

Jacinda Ardern wants to use New Zealand's time in the diplomatic spotlight to quickly eliminate tariffs on vaccines, syringes and other medical supplies, with her nation arguing the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed trade barriers that are potentially damaging to human health.

NZ leads push to remove vaccine tariffs – The Australian (paywall)

APEC trade ministers are working on a plan to eliminate tariffs on vaccines, syringes, soap and face masks within the 21 nation bloc, and ensure COVID jabs get the same fast-tracked treatment at borders as chilled food.

Kiwis lead APEC push to axe tariffs on vaccines, supplies – Australian Financial Review (paywall)

New Zealand is pushing for “embarrassing” tariffs of up to 60 per cent to be removed from vaccines, needles, soap and other medical supplies as part of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Express lane’: NZ to push for elimination of tariffs on vaccines – Sydney Morning Herald

All tariffs on vaccines, protective masks, syringes and soap would be removed under a plan to be put forward by New Zealand at a major regional summit later this year.

NZ eyes virus jab 'express lane' from APEC – AAP

Obliterating tariffs on coronavirus vaccines is a key measure New Zealand will push for at a forthcoming Asia Pacific leaders meeting.