Japan-Australia leaders' meeting emphasizes COVID-19 response, equitable vaccine access in Pacific region

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met virtually with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday, January 6, 2022. The two leaders emphasized supporting the production and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, which will be driven by the next Quad leaders' meeting; the Quad consists of Japan, India, Australia, and the US.

Kishida and Morrison also emphasized the need to reinforce the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) efforts to assist the region's COVID-19 response and recovery from the pandemic. In addition, they stressed the need to strengthen cooperation with Pacific Island nations to assist their responses to climate change and recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Press release - Prime Minister Scott Morrison