BEIJING, Aug. 2, 2021 (Xinhua) — China has sent 350 million doses of vaccines to sponsors participating in the Belt and Road Partnership initiative on vaccine cooperation (COVID-19), a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.
State Councilor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired a high-level Asia-Pacific conference on Belt and Road cooperation in June this year, the spokesman said at a press conference. During the meeting, China and 28 countries launched the Belt and Road Partnership Initiative on Vaccine Cooperation (COVID-19) and called for stronger cooperation in vaccine assistance, export and co-production.
China was effectively implementing the initiative, and had reached cooperation agreements with participating sponsors on a total of 775 million doses of vaccines, including in concentrated form, of which 350 million had been delivered.
The spokesman said Chinese companies have begun a joint production process with four sponsors and are discussing co-production with other interested countries.
China was ready to move forward with these efforts with Belt and Road partners, to support equitable distribution of vaccines around the world and to enhance vaccine availability and affordability in Belt and Road countries and other developing countries