Xi Jinping's special envoy at UNGA: China to share COVID-19 vaccines globally
Updated 13:32, 04-Dec-2020

China, once again, vowed to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public product, quoting the concept of "community with a shared future for mankind" raised by Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

China is speeding phase III clinical trials of current vaccines, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday as Xi's special envoy at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will actively offer the vaccines to the developing countries, he said via video link.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the country has five vaccines currently undergoing phase III clinical trials "in an orderly manner."

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Extra help for the vulnerable

Specifically, Wang called for increasing help and assistance to developing countries.

All parties should provide more humanitarian assistance to vulnerable groups, and increase investment in capacity building in such fields as public health, food security, Wang said, while calling on the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and others to provide more financial incentives to alleviate pressure on developing countries.

The Chinese official called on all parties to act decisively to curb the spread of the pandemic, leverage the support of science and technology to strengthen the collective response around the world, and therefore stop the cross-border spread of the virus.

All parties should respect and protect every life and treat every patient with utmost efforts, Wang said, adding that vaccines should be a global public good, accessible and affordable for developing countries.

An exhibitor shows a 3D model of inactivated COVID-19 vaccine antigen to visitors at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, September 5, 2020. /Xinhua

An exhibitor shows a 3D model of inactivated COVID-19 vaccine antigen to visitors at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, September 5, 2020. /Xinhua

He urged all parities to enhance solidarity and cooperation, stressing that major countries should play an exemplary role in promoting collaboration, which is the right way forward.

Public health security should be made a priority on the international agenda, accompanied by efforts to improve the governance system for public health security, Wang said, adding that it is also necessary to support the World Health Organization so that it can play a critical leadership role.

Bringing social development back step by step

Wang called for coordination in COVID-19 control and economic and social development.

He noted that all parties should bring out the best in both the government and the market to promote employment, improve people's livelihoods and enhance development resilience.

All parties should make good use of the new business forms and models that took shape during the pandemic to boost emerging industries and promote a green economic recovery, and strengthen international coordination in macroeconomic policies to keep global industrial and supply chains stable, Wang said.

In addition, all parties need to create a favorable international environment for the fight against the pandemic, Wang said.

Conflicting parties should actively respond to the appeal for a global ceasefire made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, leave the battleground and join the frontline fight against the pandemic, Wang said.

He also noted that all parties should listen to the calls of the international community and lift all forms of unilateral sanctions and other unilateral coercive measures.

(With input from Xinhua)