EQUATORIAL Guinea received the first batch of vaccine donations from China on Wednesday, making it the first African country to benefit from the aid.
China joined the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global initiative, Covax, aimed at providing equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, and donated 10 million vaccine doses to help meet the needs of developing countries.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China has taken the steps to honour its pledge to make vaccines affordable and accessible in developing countries.
‘This is the first batch of vaccine aid provided by the Chinese government to African countries, it is an important measure for China to make its vaccines a global product,’ Wang said in a press conference on Tuesday.
‘It is also an important step implementing President Xi Jinping’s promise from last year for China-African unity for fighting the pandemic.
‘After research and development, African countries are to be the first to benefit from the measure. China will continue its vaccine co-operation with relevant countries, offer support within its capability and make concrete contributions to securing a victory against the pandemic as soon as possible and to building a global community of health for all,’ he added.