Beijing, 23 May 2021 (Xinhua News)
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the Global Health Summit via video in Beijing on Friday, 21st May 2021. President Xi announced China’s continued support for global solidarity against COVID-19, and announced the following:
China will provide an additional 3 billion US dollars in international aid over the next three years to support Covid-19 response and economic and social recovery in other developing countries.
Having already supplied 300 million doses of vaccines to the world, China will provide still more vaccines to the best of its ability.
China supports its vaccine companies in transferring technologies to other developing countries and carrying out joint production with them.
Having announced support for waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, China also supports the World Trade Organization and other international institutions in making an early decision on this matter.
China proposes setting up an international forum on vaccine cooperation for vaccine-developing and producing countries, companies and other stakeholders to explore ways of promoting fair and equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.
President Xi stressed on look after of public health on top priority, he said ‘we must put people and their lives first‘; to follow science-based policies and ensure a coordinated and systemic response; we must stick together and promote solidarity and cooperation; to uphold fairness and equity as we strive to close the immunization gap; and we must address both the symptoms and root causes as we improve the governance system.
In his closing remarks, he said that the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca said, “We are all waves of the same sea.” Let us join hands and stand shoulder to shoulder with each other to firmly advance international cooperation against COVID-19, build a global community of health for all, and work for a healthier and brighter future for humanity.