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Xi Jinping promises covid vaccine

Accused by the Trump administration of having delayed reacting, China promised on Monday through the voice of its president to share a possible vaccine and to allocate 2 billion dollars to the global fight against the disease.

Accused by the Trump administration of having delayed reacting, China promised on Monday through the voice of its president to share a possible vaccine and to allocate 2 billion dollars to the global fight against the disease.

(AFP) – In a video message sent to Geneva on the occasion of the 73rd assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO), Chinese President XI Jinping said he was in favor of a “complete evaluation” and “impartial Of the global response to the new coronavirus, once the epidemic has been brought under control. China, the first country to have reported Covid-19 patients at the end of 2020, is accused by the US administration of having delayed raising the alarm and taking measures. Refuting these accusations, the strong man from Beijing assured that his country had “always” shown “transparency” and “responsibility”, by sharing information with WHO and other countries in a timely manner.

Anxious to protect the Chinese and to silence Western critics on its management of the epidemic, Beijing is also positioning itself as a key player in the race for a possible vaccine. The country encourages public institutes and private companies to speed up their research. And China assured Friday that five experimental vaccines were already tested on humans.

Any possible vaccine developed by China will become a “global public good”. The product would then be made accessible and affordable in developing countries, promised Xi Jinping.

Most experts believe that a covid-19 vaccine cannot be finalized in at least 12 to 18 months. The Chinese president also said that his country would contribute 1.8 billion euros to the global fight against the virus, especially in developing countries. A few days ago, Europe committed to an effort of 7.5 billion euros.

“China will work with G20 members to implement the debt relief initiative for the poorest nations,” he said. Finally, he proposed to make his country, in collaboration with the UN, an emergency humanitarian “logistics platform” and “warehouse”, intended to facilitate the supply of equipment against the coronavirus worldwide.

The Covid-19 pandemic has already killed more than 315,000 people worldwide.


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