UN needs to play greater role in tackling pandemic: China
Published: 10:54 AM, 5 December 2020 Updated: 11:58 AM, 5 December 2020
Hua Chunying, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry
The second wave of coronavirus or Covid-19 is currently raging around the world, posing great challenges to fight against the virus and stabilizing the economy. The international community, meanwhile, expects the UN to play a greater role in tackling the pandemic challenges more effectively, said Hua Chunying, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
In a press conference on Thursday, the spokesperson reiterated the UN special session on the epidemic as of great significance, saying “China will work with all parties to push the session to send a positive and powerful signal of safeguarding multilateralism and uniting against the epidemic.”
A chief epidemiologist of the China CDC Zeng Guang told the Global Times that the UN meeting has been holding at a very critical moment. “China expects mass vaccination within a month while the pandemic is now at its worst,” he said.
The vaccine development and the virus are currently racing against each other, Zeng mentioned, noting that the balance between the vaccination and pandemic prevention is currently a major issue worldwide.
In the last 24 hours, the world has seen much more vaccine-related news than before as the UK was the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use, hoping the turn of the tide against the virus that has already killed 1.4 million people globally.
The first doses of vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech have been packaged in Belgium for being shipped to Britain this week, the Singapore-based media The Straits Times reported on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of a large-scale COVID-19 vaccine in the second week of December. Chinese companies are also required to prepare for mass vaccine production.
China’s vice prime minister Sun Chunlan and State Councilor Wang Yong recently visited the National Institute for Food and Drug Control, and two leading vaccine producers Sinovac, and National Vaccine & Serum Institute under Sinopharm in Beijing.
The WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarević said the world is looking to the UN for leadership, to step up and take demonstrable action to address the greatest challenge our world is facing today.
The UN official also proposed to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines while strengthening political and resource mobilization for multilateral initiatives for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.