Chinese president Xi Jinping has unveiled an ambitious raft of measures to help deal with the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the 73rd World Health Assembly Xi said that the Novel Coronavirus was the biggest global health crisis since the end of the Second World War, spreading to over 210 countries and affecting over 7 billion people, as well as causing over 300,000 fatalities.
Xi outlined a range of measures that China will adopt in order to deal with the COVID-19 on a global scale, including:
- Providing USD$2 billion in international aid over a two year period to support nations affected by the pandemic, with an especial focus on developing countries.
- Working with the United Nations to establish a “global humanitarian crisis response hub” in China, and striving to “protect the disease-prevention provisions supply chain,” as well as create green corridors for delivery and customs clearance.
- Establishment of 30 “Sino-African” hospital cooperative mechanisms, and acceleration of the establishment of an African disease control centre.
- China will provide any COVID-19 vaccine that it develops as a “global public good,” in order to increase accessibility in developing economies.