China working to make COVID-19 vaccines more available in developing countries

 China has been striving to make COVID-19 vaccines more available in countries, and had already provided more than 770 million doses of vaccines and concentrates to world.

China ranked first in world in terms of vaccines offered to international community.

“China will do its best to help countries cope with COVID-19 pandemic,’’ President Xi Jinping said recently in a message to first meeting of International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation.

China would strive to provide two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to world throughout this year, and offer 100 million U.S. dollars to COVAX.

Xi said country was marking a further step to honour its commitment to making vaccines a global public good.

Data released by World Health Organisation (WHO) as August reported that 4, 51.15 per cent of people in high-income countries had been vaccinated, compared to just 1.36 per cent in low-income countries.

From vaccine development to vaccine application, China had always put people’s lives first, and when some developed economies were stockpiling vaccines, China adopted an open and cooperative attitude, providing vaccines to countries in need.

Li Baodong, -General of Boao Forum for Asia this known.

Chinese vaccines had been added to WHO’s list of vaccines approved for emergency use and COVAX programme, and had so far been approved for use in more than 100 countries, demonstrating their safety and efficacy.

In addition, some Chinese joined hands with more than 20 countries in carrying out phase three clinical trials.

China also supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines for countries. (Xinhua/NAN)