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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on China's Participation in Global Cooperation on Fighting Covid-19 and China's Position on Origin-tracing of the Virus
2021/10/08

Question: What has China done in international cooperation on fighting the pandemic?

Embassy Spokesperson: For everyone on this planet, COVID-19 is a common enemy irrespective of nationality, race, faith or politics. An early end to the pandemic is a shared aspiration of all mankind and it requires global solidarity and cooperation.

China believes that human race is a community with a shared future, and in addition to preventing and controlling the disease at home for over 1.4 billion Chinese people, has taken large-scale humanitarian actions, providing international aid to the best of its capabilities.

When the unknown virus attacked, China acted swiftly to share key genome information with the WHO and the international community to sound the alarm for the whole world. Putting the people front and centre, and giving top priority to saving lives, China took decisive and strong measures, curbed the spread of the virus quickly and restored domestic economic and social activities in an orderly manner. When the pandemic broke out in multiple countries around the world, China joined hands with the relevant countries, shared its experience without reservation and made utmost efforts to minimize the risks of cross-border transmission. China has provided funds and other types of support to the WHO to help the organization provide guidance to other countries in prevention and control.

As of today, China has provided 2 billion US dollars to assist the developing countries, supplied over 280 billion masks, 3.4 billion protective gowns and 4 billion test kits to more than 150 countries and 13 international organizations, and sent 36 teams of medical experts to 34 countries.

A cooperation mechanism has been established for Chinese hospitals to pair up with 41 African hospitals. The construction of the Africa CDC headquarters with assistance from China officially started at the end of last year.

China is fully implementing the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative for Poorest Countries and has so far put off more than 1.3 billion US dollars worth of debt repayment, the highest amount of deferral by G20 members.

To take China’s support for global solidarity a step further, President Xi Jinping announced at the Global Health Summit earlier in May that China will provide an additional 3 billion US dollars in international aid over the next three years to bolster Covid-19 response and economic and social recovery in other developing countries.

Question: Has China taken any measures in support of international cooperation on COVID vaccines?

Embassy Spokesperson: In the battle against the pandemic, the role of vaccines is vital. However, unbalanced vaccination poses major challenges. China has made vigorous efforts to promote international cooperation on vaccines.

In May last year, President Xi Jinping announced that to ensure early vaccine accessibility in developing countries, China would make its vaccines a global public good upon completion of the R&D and approval for use.

China honours this pledge. It has joined the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) and taken the lead in responding to Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT), an initiative aimed at accelerating the development and production of and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

China has also launched Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation for partners of the Belt and Road Initiative, and offered support to the World Bank and other multilateral financial institutions in providing quick and inclusive financing for vaccine R&D, production and procurement.

Since September 2020, China has donated vaccines to over 100 countries and exported vaccines to over 60 countries, with the total number exceeding 800 million doses. China will continue these efforts.

The First Meeting of the International Forum on Covid-19 Vaccine Cooperation, which China initiated, was held on August 5th this year. President Xi Jinping announce at the Forum that China will strive to provide 2 billion doses of vaccines to the world this year, and donate 100 million US dollars to COVAX to help distribute vaccines to developing countries.

China supports vaccine IP waiver and encourages Chinese companies to transfer their technologies to other developing countries. China was the first to carry out joint production with developing countries, and with its help, the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia and Brazil have become the first countries in their respective regions to produce Covid-19 vaccines.

Question: Does China support origins-tracing of COVID-19?

Embassy spokesperson: China remains committed to science-based origins-tracing and opposes politicising this issue. China has twice hosted WHO experts for studies on the virus. In March this year, the China-WHO joint expert team issued a report on the Covid-19 origins tracing, and meanwhile, the world’s leading scientists have formed consensus on this issue.

The United States government, out of political motive, has ordered its intelligence agencies instead of virologists to trace the origins of Covid-19, and they recently came up with a report which is highly politicized and has no scientific evidence. Some US politicians rattled on about “lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology” despite the fact that the so-called “report” produced no evidence to prove their rhetoric.

China firmly opposes politicizing the issue of origins-tracing and supports and will continue participating in science-based global origins tracing efforts that are in line with the relevant resolution of the World Health Assembly.

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