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The leaders of Japan, Australia, India and the United States will agree to step up the provision of COVID-19 vaccines to the international community when they hold a summit next week, a Foreign Ministry official said Saturday.

The agreement, part of the four Indo-Pacific democracies’ efforts to counter China’s expanding influence in developing countries, is expected to be part of their joint statement, said the Japanese official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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