China to increase shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa
Beijing, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) China on Monday announced its plans to provide Covid-19 vaccines to 19 other African countries through donations to those most disadvantaged and exports to those that approved its products for urgent use.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said that his government is planning to help the continent to fight and control the pandemic in as soon as possible.
He mentioned the donations already delivered to Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea after claiming that, with those actions, China seeks that its vaccines become a global public asset.
Wang thus responded to a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, who called on Europe and the United States to immediately provide Africa with enough doses of Covid-19 vaccines because, otherwise, that region could choose to purchase the Chinese or Russian ones.
'The power of the West will only be a concept and not a reality,' the French president said at the recent Munich Security Conference.
China has 16 vaccine candidates against Covid-19, seven of which are in the third phase of clinical trials, and has administered the four most advanced vaccines to more than 40 million citizens.
It has sent its products to 53 developing countries as aid, has agreements to export them to 22 other nations and is planning to provide 10 million doses to the Covax alliance.
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