China joins global vaccine alliance
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.