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China gives $3 billion COVID-19 assist, vaccines for creating international locations

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China has pledged a further $3 billion in assist for creating international locations to help their COVID-19 responses and steered organising a world discussion board on vaccines to make sure equitable distribution.

This was proposed by President Xi Jinping on Friday as he addressed the Global Health Summit held by the G20 and European Commission.

China, which has broadly curbed the transmission of COVID-19 at dwelling and averted a second wave, has been providing its vaccines and help together with within the neighbourhood, having organised a sequence of digital dialogues with South Asian international locations in latest months.

Beijing has provided $2 billion in assist to date to creating international locations in addition to free vaccines for 80 international locations with 43 different nations importing its vaccines, Mr. Xi stated.

“The previous yr and extra have seen repeated resurgence and frequent mutations of the coronavirus. The most severe pandemic in a century continues to be wreaking havoc,” he stated. “Today, the problem of uneven vaccination has become more acute. It is imperative for us to reject vaccine nationalism and find solutions to issues concerning the production capacity and distribution of vaccines, in order to make vaccines more accessible and affordable in developing countries.”

China “will provide an additional $3 billion in international aid over the next three years”, the Chinese President stated, “to support COVID-19 response and economic and social recovery in other developing countries.” “Having already supplied 300 million doses of vaccines to the world, China will provide still more vaccines to the best of its ability,” he added, additionally suggesting “setting up an international forum on vaccine cooperation for vaccine-developing and producing countries, companies and other stakeholders to explore ways of promoting fair and equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.”

On the difficulty of vaccines, China hit out on the U.S. and Western international locations earlier this week. “What we have seen is that Western developed countries, especially the U.S., have stockpiled far more doses than their need,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian instructed reporters. “Based on the statistics of some agencies and media, the high-income countries which account for 14% of the world’s population now hold six times more vaccines than medium- and low-income countries which account for over 86% of the global population. The U.S. has purchased about 2.6 billion doses, a quarter of the global total, far in excess of its need. Up to 100 million doses are sitting in American warehouses gathering dust. Therefore the most pressing task at hand is for the developed countries which have bought far more doses than their actual need to immediately lift export restrictions and increase supply to make up for the shortfall in developing countries as soon as possible.”

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