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China ready to increase global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation: Xi

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 21 November 2020 6:59 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is ready to increase global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, and calls for better international coordination on policies to facilitate the movement of people.

"China is willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the research and development, production, and distribution of vaccines," the Chinese president said at the 2020 G20 Riyadh Summit via video link on Saturday.

Xi's remarks come as pharmaceutical companies and research centers around the globe are working on potential COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of participants underway.

American biotech firms Moderna and Pfizer Inc have already announced that their newly-developed vaccines are almost 95 percent effective, pending more safety data and regulatory review.

The two US vaccines could be authorized for emergency use in December, with as many as 60 million doses of vaccine available this year.

Russia has also announced that its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 92 percent effective based on initial test results.

China, for its part, has already five home-grown candidates undergoing Phase III trials.

"We will fulfill our commitments, offer help and support to other developing countries, and work hard to make vaccines a public good that citizens of all countries can use and can afford," Xi stressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Chinese president also called for stronger international policy coordination to establish travel "fast tracks" that would facilitate orderly global movement.

China would propose the establishment of a mechanism through which travelers' coronavirus test results are recognized internationally through digital health codes, Xi added.

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