As virus bites, ASEAN leaders make vow on food and medicine supply

Hanoi (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders pledged to keep trade routes open to protect food supplies and stockpile medical equipment at a summit held online Tuesday, as they warned of the crippling economic cost of the coronavirus.Led by Vietnam — which chaired the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting — leaders agreed to share resources and fight to limit further damage to the region’s tourism and export-reliant economies, already ravaged by COVID-19.But an emergency fund proposed by Hanoi to tackle the pandemic did not appear to have been given the go-ahead.In a joint declarat…

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