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China joins global vac­cine al­liance

- Politics · Vaccines · Clinical Trials · Medical Treatments · Pharmacology · Medicine · China · Hua Chunying · Xi Jinping · Donald Trump

China, which has four coro­n­avirus vac­cine can­di­dates in stage 3 clin­i­cal tri­als, said Fri­day it is join­ing the Covid- 19 vac­cine al­liance known as Co­vax. The coun­try signed an agree­ment with Gavi, the coleader of the al­liance, yes­ter­day, China’s For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment. For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said in a state­ment that “we are tak­ing this con­crete step to en­sure eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of vac­cines, es­pe­cially to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and hope more ca­pa­ble coun­tries will also join and sup­port Co­vax”. Nei­ther the terms of the agree­ment nor how China will con­trib­ute are known. The coun­try’s leader Xi Jin­ping pre­vi­ously said China would make the vac­cine a global pub­lic good. The al­liance is de­signed so richer coun­tries agree to buy into po­ten­tial vac­cines and help fi­nance ac­cess for poorer ones. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­clined to join the al­liance.

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