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China joins world coronavirus vaccine alliance

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 10, 2020
China has joined the global alliance to produce a vaccine to treat coronavirus, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
Hua Chunying
Spokeswoman   Hua Chunying
The country signed an agreement to officially join COVAX a WHO led platform that supports research and development as well as manufacturing of a coronavirus vaccine.

Topics: China

“The agreement is an important step taken by China to uphold the concept of a shared community of health for all and to honor its commitment to turn potential coronavirus vaccines into a global public good,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

“The COVID-19 pandemic still poses a severe threat to the safety and health of people in all countries. China continues to focus on ensuring that developing countries have equal access to appropriate, safe and effective vaccines,” she said.

Major countries have joined the initiative to help produce the vaccine jointly.

Hua said China has pledged to make vaccines as “a global public good which will be provided to developing countries as a priority”.

“Therefore, China has maintained close communication with COVAX with a positive attitude towards joining it,” she added.

China has at least five potential vaccines under trails.