China will ‘actively consider’ providing its Covid-19 vaccines directly to SA and other African countries. This would be in addition to Beijing’s support for Covax, the global partnership between developed and developing countries to finance and get vaccines to poorer countries as soon as possible.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told last week’s virtual summit of BRICS that China would “actively consider providing vaccines to BRICS countries where there is a need”.
South Africa is a member of BRICS, with Brazil, Russia, India and China.
On Tuesday this week China’s new ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, echoed Xi when he noted that Beijing had already committed to providing vaccines to Africa through Covax, but would also “actively consider providing vaccines to countries in need”.
Chen was speaking at a webinar organised by South Africa’s National Press Club about China’s relations with South Africa and Africa. He said China would “deepen anti-pandemic cooperation and build a China-Africa community of health for all”.
Apart from vaccines, China would continue to provide personal protective equipment, send medical experts and share anti-pandemic experience with African countries.
“We shall give full play to South Africa’s important role as a bridge for BRICS cooperation with Africa,”…