Chinese Vaccine is a public good


On many occasions, China has expressed that it will make its COVID-19 Vaccine a global public good when available, contributing to vaccine accessibility and affordability to all inline with its vision of health for all.

Just at the breakout of COVID-19, many countries started to develop Vaccine; some of the advanced countries had a good experience in Vaccine manufacturing and were boosting high claims and high promises. To date,many countries have developed Vaccine and already tested on the human. But only the Chinese Vaccine has got recognition as a safe vaccine; all others face many complaints, reactions, or resistance.

Pakistan-China cooperation in fighting the COVID-19, since its outbreak, has been ideal. Pakistan confidently supported China’s global and regional initiatives aimed at overcoming the pandemic. Pakistan has reinforced China-led regional forums that are profoundly engaged in containing the pandemic and resuming economic activities across the region.

China will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines to other countries, especially the developing ones, promptly within its capacity and contribute to building a community of health for all. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.

China has donated the first batch of inactivated COVID-19 vaccines government to Pakistan. It was the first consignment of vaccine aid provided by the Chinese government to another country and a concrete step in honoring President Xi’s pledge of making COVID-19 vaccines a global public good.

Vaccine cooperation is an integral part of the joint efforts by China and Pakistan to fight COVID-19. It demonstrates our sincere mutual assistance as all-weather strategic partners and our collectivestruggles as two developing countries to make vaccines a global public good and promote their accessibility and affordability in fellow developing nations.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a consignment of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm Vaccine from the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Nong Rong at a simple ceremony Nur Khan Airbase Islamabad.  He thanked China’s leadership and people for sending Sinopharm Vaccine’s gift to Pakistan to combat the pandemic. He added that the Vaccine had arrived exactly when Pakistan was grappling with the second wave of COVID-19. Its delivery, matching with the commencement of celebrations of the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between two countries, reaffirmed the finest tradition that China repeatedly stood by Pakistan. It also revealed that the Pakistan-China friendship was timeless and that China was our staunchest partner. The Foreign Minister underlined that recently Phase-III clinical trials of Chinese Vaccine Can Sino had successfully concluded in Pakistan. Pakistan was deepening cooperation with China in matters relating to vaccines.

Mr. Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that China has been acting through tangible actions on President Xi Jinping’s solemn pledge of making COVID-19 vaccines, developed and deployed in China, a global public good, thus contributing to greater accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing world. That’s what we’ve been saying and what we’ve been practicing.

First, apart from Pakistan, China provides vaccine aid to Brunei, Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Palestine, Belarus, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Equatorial Guinea, altogether 13 developing countries. China will also assist another 38 developing countries with vaccines. We also participate in the WHO-led COVAX and provide vaccines through this platform to developing countries.

Second, the Government backings Chinese companies in conducting combined vaccine R&D and manufacture with foreign partners. Vaccines made by Sinopharm and Sinovac have been exported to countries including the UAE, Morocco, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, and Chile, where clinical studies have been conducted successfully.

Third, China supports relevant companies in exporting vaccines to countries in critical need that have approved Chinese vaccines and sanctioned their emergency use. For instance, Serbia has started vaccination with recently imported Chinese-made vaccines. More and more countries are ratifying the domestic use of Chinese vaccines.

While ensuring satisfactory domestic response, China has also actively participated in and promoted international cooperation transparently and responsibly. China was the first country to report the situation to the WHO, released the genome sequence of the virus, diagnosis and treatment plan, and other critical information at the earliest time possible. It has taken various steps to help developing countries access vaccines. China will continue to work with the international community to advance relevant cooperation and make constant efforts for an early and complete victory over the pandemic.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.


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