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Wang Yi: The Group of 20 (G20) Should Cooperate to Build a Firewall against the Virus

2020-09-04

On the evening of September 3, 2020, when attending a video conference of the Group of 20 (G20) foreign ministers in Beijing, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, the G20 should strengthen cooperation on vaccine and build a firewall against the virus.

Wang Yi said, faced with a pandemic unseen in a century, a pressing priority for the G20 is to speed up vaccine research, production and distribution to build a firewall against the virus. The G20 countries must take the lead in making the vaccines accessible and affordable, especially for the least developed countries and high-risk groups. The coordinating role of the World Health Organization should be exerted in this regard to form greater synergy between the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and other mechanisms. China is working with 11 countries on phase-three clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines. When available, China will share the vaccines with other countries through various channels. As pledged by President Xi Jinping, China will make its COVID-19 vaccine a global public good, and work with other countries to build a community of health for all.

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