Africa is to be the first continent to benefit from any successful vaccine to be developed by China, as they have pledged to supply any vaccine against COVID-19 first to Africa free of charge.
Chinese scientists have been on the front line in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, as they are currently looking towards trying a technology that has been used for decades.
There are currently 10 potential vaccines undergoing clinical trials and 5 out of the 6 vaccines were developed by Chinese scientists, while a sixth is the result of an alliance between a Chinese company and a German biotech firm, according to WHO.
In an online corona virus forum with the leaders of several African nations on Thursday, the President of China, Xi Jinping spoke regarding the issue.
In a speech covered by the state media, the Chinese President said:
“We gathered here with our old and new friends through video to discuss anti-epidemic cooperation and cement China-Africa brotherhood. We are making good on our promises at the earlier Beijing summit with concrete efforts, as well as contributing to the global anti-epidemic cooperation, we believe that humans will defeat the epidemic ultimately, and Chinese and African people will definitely live a better live.”
He also said that China would push the Group of 20 to slow down debt repayment for African nations and that China’s construction of a new Africa Center of Disease Control headquarters would start “ahead of schedule” this year despite the pandemic.