China: COVID-19 Vaccines – Announcements/Regulatory Actions/Deployment
China to offer vaccine doses to COVAX
Nation to meet developing countries’ needs via initiative at request of WHO
China said on Feb 3 it will provide 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX to meet the urgent needs of developing countries.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily news briefing that China is responding to a request from the World Health Organization as developing countries seek to make up for shortages of the vaccines.
The WHO has started to review the authorization for emergency use of the Chinese vaccines, Wang said, adding that Chinese enterprises will continue to cooperate actively and that he hopes the review process will be completed as soon as possible…
“We hope capable countries will swing into action, support COVAX through concrete actions, back the WHO’s work, assist developing countries in obtaining vaccines in a timely manner and contribute to the international community overcoming the pandemic at an early date,” Wang said.
He noted that Beijing is in close communication and cooperation with the WHO to ensure vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries…
China has exported large amounts of domestically developed vaccines to countries including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil and Chile, where clinical studies of Chinese vaccines have been conducted.
It also supports relevant companies in exporting vaccines to countries in urgent need that have approved Chinese vaccines and authorized their emergency use.
On Monday, the first shipment of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines reached Pakistan. The country formally started the drive to administer the vaccines to its front-line healthcare workers on Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
According to the Foreign Ministry, China is also providing vaccine assistance to another 13 developing countries and will continue to provide such assistance to another 38 developing countries in the next phase.