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Published: 22:14, August 05, 2021 | Updated: 23:22, August 05, 2021
Xi: China will provide 2 billion vaccine doses globally in 2021
By Xinhua
Published:22:14, August 05, 2021 Updated:23:22, August 05, 2021 By Xinhua

A medical worker prepares to administer a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination site in Haidian district of Beijing, capital of China, May 20, 2021. (PHOTO/XINHUA)

BEIJING - China will provide 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world throughout this year and offer US$100 million to COVAX, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday in a written message to the first meeting of the international forum on COVID-19 vaccine cooperation.

We are willing to work with the international community to promote international vaccine cooperation and build a community with a shared future for humanity.

Xi Jinping, Chinese President

The US$100 million to COVAX will mainly go to the distribution of vaccines to developing countries, he said, adding that China would do its best to help developing countries cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

China is committed to building a global community of health for all and has provided vaccines to the world, especially developing countries. The country actively carried out joint production, which illustrates the concept of vaccines as global public goods, Xi stressed.

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"I hope this forum will promote the accessibility and fair distribution of vaccines around the world, strengthen solidarity and cooperation in developing countries, and make new contributions for an early victory against the pandemic," he said. 

At the Global Health Summit this May, Xi announced five measures to support global solidarity against COVID-19. These include the proposal of 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 worldwide.

"We are willing to work with the international community to promote international vaccine cooperation and build a community with a shared future for humanity," he said. 

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