President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China has called for greater support for Africa to fight the pandemic of the deadly Covid-19.
According to President Xi, developing countries, African countries in particular, have weaker public health systems and helping them build capacity must be their top priority in COVID-19 response.
The world needs to provide more material, technological and personnel support for African countries
President Xi said, China has sent a tremendous amount of medical supplies and assistance to over 50 African countries and the African Union. Five Chinese medical expert teams have also been sent to the African continent.
In total, in the past seven decades, over 200 million people in Africa have received care and treatment from Chinese medical teams. At present, 46 resident Chinese medical teams are in Africa helping with COVID-19 containment efforts locally
President Xi continued: “China stands for the vision of building a community with shared future for mankind. China takes it as its responsibility to ensure not just the life and health of its own citizens, but also global public health.”
President Xi said that for the sake of boosting international cooperation against COVID-19, China will “provide US$2 billion over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries.
China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarters to help the continent ramp up its disease preparedness and control capacity.
“COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good. This will be China’s contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.”
President Xi called on all of human beings to come together and work as one to make concerted efforts to protect the life and health of people in all countries, work together to safeguard planet earth and work together to build a global community of health for all.