February 04, 2021 | Issue 2021-05| Click to Subscribe
China to provide 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX
China has decided to provide 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX to meet the urgent needs of developing countries, at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.

"This is another important measure taken by China to promote the equitable distribution of vaccines, advance international cooperation in fighting the pandemic, and uphold the concept of a global community of health for all," Wang said at a daily press briefing.
Noting that the WHO has begun to review the emergency use authorization of China's vaccine, Wang pledged the continued cooperation of Chinese enterprises and expressed hope that the WHO would complete this work as soon as possible.

"We hope that capable countries in the international community can play an active role and take concrete actions to support COVAX as well as the WHO's work, so as to help developing countries receive vaccines in time and contribute to the global defeat of the pandemic at an early date," he said.
In response to a query on the specific arrangements and prices of the doses, Wang further introduced on Thursday that although the cost of COVID-19 vaccines using different technical routes varies, China is committed to upholding the nature of vaccines as global public goods and providing them at fair and reasonable prices.

Though faced with huge domestic demand for vaccination, China is willing to work within its capacity and make efforts to turn COVID-19 vaccines into global public goods that are available and affordable to developing countries, instead of a luxury possessed by only a few countries, Wang said.

"We hope capable countries can play an active role and take concrete actions to support COVAX, so as to help developing countries receive vaccines in time and help defeat the pandemic at the earliest," he added.