|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Vaccines Provided to Countries that Have Joined the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation|
Q: In June this year, China and 28 countries jointly launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation. Can you brief us on vaccine cooperation between China and these countries?
A: In June this year, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation. During the meeting, China and 28 countries jointly launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation, calling for stronger cooperation in vaccine assistance, export and joint production.
China has been actively implementing the initiative. We’ve reached cooperation agreement with co-sponsors of the initiative on a total of 775 million doses of vaccines, including in the form of concentrates, of which 350 million doses have been delivered. Besides, Chinese companies have started joint production with four co-sponsors of the initiative and are discussing joint production with other interested countries.
China stands ready to carry forward the joint efforts with Belt and Road partners to promote the equitable distribution of vaccines globally and increase vaccine accessibility and affordability in Belt and Road countries and other developing countries.