|Chinese FM Spokesperson: China Had Provided More Than 1.5 Billion Doses of Vaccines to Over 100 Countries and International Organizations|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 21 October, spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question about China’s assistance and supply of COVID-19 vaccines to others.
Journalist: We have noted that with the increase in vaccine production capacity, China has recently stepped up its assistance and supply of COVID-19 vaccines to others. Can you give us more details?
Wang Wenbin: Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has been a firm believer in making COVID vaccines a global public good and has done its best to supply vaccines to the international community. That's what China said and has done. In the past week alone, we have delivered more than 60 million doses of vaccines to some 20 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. As of October 17, China had provided more than 1.5 billion doses to over 100 countries and international organizations.
Chinese vaccines have played a positive role in helping relevant countries fight the coronavirus. They are widely welcomed and highly recognized by all parties. Leaders of more than 30 countries welcomed Chinese vaccines at airports, and leaders of more than 30 countries received Chinese vaccine jabs in public. The leaders of many countries expressed their thanks to China, saying that China's valuable support and assistance is a vivid illustration of "a friend in need is a friend indeed" and has set a good example of international solidarity against COVID-19.
President Xi Jinping has announced that China will strive to provide a total of two billion doses by the end of this year. On top of the US$100 million donation to COVAX, China will donate an additional 100 million doses of vaccines to fellow developing countries within this year. With the increase in vaccine production capacity, China will continue to do its best to provide more safe and effective vaccines to the world, especially to developing countries, promote equitable distribution and use of vaccines around the world, and make positive contributions to an early and complete victory over the pandemic. We also call on all countries that have the capacity to do so to deliver on their commitments of providing assistance and vaccines to others, and make their due contribution to an early victory over the pandemic.