Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Xinhua News Agency: The chief executive of Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla, said he hopes the US will lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the US, so that vaccine production can ramp up. The head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the world can bring the global COVID-19 pandemic under control in the coming months provided it distributes the necessary resources including vaccine fairly. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: According to statistics, the US is currently the world’s second largest producer of COVID-19 vaccines, but very few of its vaccines have been exported. The US news website Axios said “Billions of people around the world are waiting impatiently for access to a COVID-19 vaccine. But 30 million doses of vaccine are sitting in Ohio, gathering dust.”
The widening of the “vaccine divide” will harm the interests of all mankind. When developing countries are struggling with the epidemic, how can the US remain safe and sound? We should uphold fairness and justice by making vaccines available and affordable to the people of developing countries and providing assistance to countries and regions vulnerable to the epidemic. We call on the international community to work together to make vaccines a global public good, promote equitable distribution and use of vaccines around the world, and strive for an early victory over the epidemic. We also urge the US to shoulder its due international responsibilities.