Xi Pledges $2 Billion Aid, Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

Xi Pledges $2 Billion Aid, Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

Xi Pledges $2 Billion Aid, Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

Nadhum Ali Abdullah, an Iraqi analyst from Baghdad-based think tank Arab Forum, said Xi's speech at the WHA sent a message that "the mankind has a common destiny, and that China is opening its doors to global cooperation to combat this pandemic".

French writer and sinologist Sonia Bressler pointed out that Xi's speech confirms "an opening of China to the world and a shared and collective responsibility". "We have done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need".

A WHA resolution tabled by the European Union also calls for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the worldwide response to the coronavirus crisis. "We must strengthen global governance in public health".

The annual World Health Assembly (WHA) has this year been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days, and is focusing exclusively on the pandemic, which has killed over 315,000 people globally.

"The US funds $400 million to $500 million to the World Health Organization each year", Trump said at the time, noting that China "contributes roughly $40 million". Three of the new cases were listed as imported, and once again no new deaths were reported.

It will focus nearly exclusively on COVID-19, which in a matter of months has killed over 315,000 globally, and infected more than 4.7 million. Trump has also called for an immediate halt to all US funding to the United Nations health agency.

China claimed it was a political "manoeuvre". However, the administration is on the brink of restoring some of the funding, "Tucker Carlson Tonight" recently reported.

The remarks came at a time when the United States, Japan's closest security ally, and China have confronted each other over Taiwan joining the WHO.

Washington is also leading a number of countries in demanding that the World Health Organization end its exclusion of Taiwan - considered by Beijing to be part of its territory - and allow it to access its assemblies as an observer.

A glimpse of the virtual WHO Assembly in Geneva. Image WHO
A glimpse of the virtual WHO Assembly in Geneva. Image WHO

Xi also called for global support of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the United Nations health arm faces US funding cuts from the Trump administration.

"We have provided information to World Health Organization and relevant countries in a most timely fashion", Xi said. In previous comments, Xi had stopped short of saying the vaccines China has been developing would be available for people outside its borders.

An EU source hailed the draft as "ambitious", pointing out that if it passed by consensus as expected, it would mark the first time a global forum had achieved unanimous support for a text on the Covid-19 response.

"This will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries", he added.

He said that China, which has poured billions of dollars of investment into the continent in recent years, is helping to build a centers of disease control there using a cooperation mechanism with 30 African hospitals.

China had previously opposed calls for such investigations from Washington and Canberra, but Xi signalled on Monday that Beijing would be amenable to an impartial review.

"Despite all our efforts and an unprecedented level of global support, Taiwan has not received an invitation to take part", Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters.

A majority of the member countries said that it wanted a probe on the issue.

"After careful deliberation, we have accepted the suggestion from our allies and like-minded nations to wait until the resumed session before further promoting our bid", Wu said.

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