Making Vaccine ‘Global Public Good’
While Washington has tried to pin the blame for the pandemic on China, Beijing has sought to reframe the narrative, offering medical aid to countries around the world.
With the world racing to find a drug to stop the pandemic, Xi pledged Monday to make any potential vaccine developed by China a “global public good” once it was put into use.
This move would be China’s contribution to achieving accessibility and affordability of a vaccine in developing countries as well, Xi said.
China says it has five potential vaccines in clinical trials.
A top Chinese health official said last week that more vaccine candidates are in the pipeline and awaiting approval for human trials.
Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months to develop an effective vaccine, or even longer.
Xi also told the assembly that China will provide $2 billion in international aid over two years to help with COVID-19 response and economic development in affected countries, especially in the developing world.
“China will work with members of the Group of 20 nations to implement the debt relief initiative for the poorest countries,” he said.
Xi also said China would work with the United Nations to set up a “global humanitarian response depot” in China and facilitate the international movement of medical supplies.
by Nina LARSON with Jing Xuan TENG