China has pledged to distribute any successful coronavirus vaccine it develops as a global public health good, signing up to the World Health Organisation’s COVAX platform rejected by the United States.
It will join Australia and 170 other countries on the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility as universities and medical research centres race to develop a vaccine for the disease that has killed more than 1 million people around the world.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday the pandemic still posed a severe threat to the safety and health of people in all countries.
“To that end, we have solemnly pledged to make vaccines developed and deployed by China a global public good, which will be provided to developing countries as a priority,” she said.
“We are taking this concrete step to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to developing countries, and hope more capable countries will also join and support COVAX.”