China’s Covid-19 vaccines to be available for all: Xi
Published: 07:14 PM, 23 September 2020
China’s President Xi Jinping delivers a speech via video from Beijing to a high-level meeting in honor of the United Nations` 75th anniversary on Monday; Photo: Xinhua
Urging the world leaders to join hands and be prepared to meet even more global challenges, China’s President Xi Jinping said that the Covid-19 will not be the “last crisis” to confront humanity.
“Several Covid-19 vaccines developed by China are in Phase-III clinical trials and when they are available for use, these vaccines will be made a global public good, and they will be provided to other developing countries on a priority basis,” he said in a speech delivered via videoconference at the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
President Xi said the Covid-19 pandemic showed that all countries are in an interconnected global village and “no country can gain from others’ difficulties or maintain stability by taking advantage of others’ troubles.”
“We should reject attempts to build blocs to keep others out and oppose a zero-sum approach,” Xi added.
Mentioning that China has no intention of fighting a Cold War or a hot war with any country nor will it seek hegemony, expansion or influence, China’s President said, “We do not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in a zero-sum game. We will not pursue development behind closed doors.”
He pointed out that it is natural for countries to have differences, and it is important to address them through dialogue and consultation. “Countries may engage in competition, but such competition should be positive and healthy in nature,” Xi Jinping said.
Calling on all countries to pursue win-win cooperation, rise above ideological disputes and not fall into the trap of the “clash of civilizations”, the president said, “We should respect a country’s independent choice of development path and model.”
Economic globalization is an indisputable reality and a historical trend, Xi added.
Noting that the Paris Agreement on climate change charts the course for the world to transition to green development, Xi said, “China aims to see its carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.”
China will honor its commitment to provide $2 billion of international assistance over two years, and further cooperation in fields such as agriculture, poverty reduction, education, women and children, and climate change, Xi said.
Meanwhile, Xi announced a number of measures including providing another $50 million to the UN COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, providing $50 million to the China-FAO South-South Cooperation Trust Fund (Phase III) and extending the Peace and Development Trust Fund between the UN and China by five years after it expires in 2025.
Source: China Daily