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China welcomes Biden’s plan to ship 80 million COVID vaccines to world, denies vaccine diplomacy

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“There’s plenty of speak about Russia and China influencing the world with vaccines.”

China on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s announcement to share 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with different nations however termed as “despicable” his assertion that Beijing and Moscow try to affect the world with their jabs.

“Over the next six weeks, the United States of America will send 80 million doses overseas. That represents 13 % of the vaccines produced by the U.S. by the end of June. This will be more vaccine doses than any country has actually shared to date, five times more than any other country. More than Russia and China, which have donated 15 million doses,” Mr. Biden informed reporters in Washington on Monday.

“There’s a lot of talk about Russia and China influencing the world with vaccines. We want to lead the world with this demonstration of our innovation, ingenuity, and the fundamental decency of the American people,” Mr. Biden said, adding that “we won’t use our vaccines to safe favours from different nations.” Reacting to Mr. Biden’s announcement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Tuesday said, “If the U.S. can ship on its dedication of vaccine help and concrete assist to growing nations, we might welcome it”.

“The U.S. keeps making an issue out of China on vaccines that is despicable and makes one doubt the true intention and motivation of the US action,” Zhao stated.

“Vaccines are not about ethnicity or values and it is a tool to create vaccination divide or political manipulation,” he stated.

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Refuting allegations that Beijing is searching for to additional its affect by means of vaccine diplomacy, Mr. Zhao stated, “unlike the U.S., China will not use vaccines to influence or lead the world nor will we shout slogans. Our objective is no other than to help as many developing countries as possible to save lives.” He stated China supplied vaccines and medical provides with out searching for something in return.

“There are no political strings attached and we have no geopolitical agenda. If we can help one more person to breathe freely, we will do so regardless of his or her nationality or skin colour,” he stated.

Mr. Zhao stated China has already introduced its help by non permanent waiver of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for coronavirus vaccines by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

India and South Africa have known as for TRIPS waiver of sure mental property provisions of COVID-19 vaccines in a communication to the WTO in October final yr so that individuals in growing nations get entry to life-saving vaccines and therapeutics as quickly as attainable.

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Since then, the proposal began gathering help even within the U.S. and the European Union.

Early this month, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appealed to the member nations to shortly current and negotiate a textual content that would quickly ease commerce guidelines that shield COVID-19 vaccine expertise, contemplating the urgency.

India’s Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan stated on Friday that the proposal had acquired help from a number of nations.

“I am hopeful that in an early timeframe, some decision will be reached at the WTO…I am hopeful that an early outcome will be achieved on this,” he informed reporters in New Delhi.

The transfer would assist in scaling up the manufacturing of vaccines and different important merchandise to cope with the coronavirus, he stated.

At his media briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Zhao accused “some western countries, especially the US, of stockpiling vaccines much more than they need. Only 14 % of the world now has been vaccinated.” The U.S. has bought greater than 2.6 billion vaccines which is greater than its requirement, he stated.

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“The surplus vaccines are sitting in US warehouses. So there is a pressing task for the developed countries which have stockpiled the vaccines more than they should (to) remove the export restrictions and step up supply to meet the shortfall in the developing countries,” he stated.

Mr. Zhao stated China has supplied vaccine help to over 80 nations and three worldwide organisations and vaccine exports to over 50 nations.

“We are also working with over 10 developing countries including Egypt and the UAE on technological transfer and cooperative production to quickly advance large-scale production of vaccines,” he stated.

China has additionally promised to provide 10 million vaccines to COVAX, a world vaccine distribution marketing campaign backed by the WHO, which lately authorized the primary Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.

Meanwhile, China, which has managed the virus at residence, has stepped up vaccination of its individuals amid issues over virus circumstances being reported in some locations. Health officers stated on Monday that over 400 million Chinese have been vaccinated to date.

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