China Joins WHO Covax Vaccine Program
China has joined the global COVID-19 vaccine distribution scheme supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). This will give a serious boost to the initiative that the President of the United States is avoiding..
The offer to join the global fight against coronavirus follows criticism of Beijing’s actions to contain the pandemic, which provoked an increase in outrage against China from developed countries..
«We are taking this concrete step to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially in developing countries, and hope that other governments will also join and support the COVAX project.», – said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua chunying (Hua Chunying).
The statement did not detail exactly what support Beijing intends to provide to the COVAX program, which aims to supply at least 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end of 2021..
In May, the President of the PRC Xi Jinping promised to allocate $ 2 billion over the next two years to fight the pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million people worldwide.
China, where the virus was first reported late last year, is also in talks with WHO for the organization to consider their own vaccines for international use..
171 countries have already joined the COVAX program. Its main mission is to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines for rich and poor countries alike..
The project is co-led by the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI).
Alliance works to discourage governments from stockpiling COVID-19 vaccines and focus on initial vaccinations of the most at-risk people in each country.
Until recently, the prospects for the program’s success were dim as some influential countries, including the United States, decided to sign their own supply protocols..
«Vaccine negotiations are underway and we are rapidly moving towards our original goal of raising funds to support low-income countries. What seemed like an impossible task just a few months ago – ensuring every country, rich or poor, fair and quick access to COVID-19 vaccines – is now becoming a reality.», – CEO of GAVI told Reuters Seth Berkeley.
China’s connection means that the Celestial Empire will purchase vaccines for the population of its country through the alliance scheme.
China has sufficient capacity to produce COVID-19 vaccine and will prioritize shipments to developing countries when ready, Beijing explained.
The country currently has at least four experimental vaccines in the final stages of clinical trials..
Two drugs are supported by the government, and the other two are funded by Sinovac Biotech and CanSino.