GENEVA – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday said his country would send 1 billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for other countries, called for global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and other challenges while urging other powers to remove the “Cold War mentality” – an act that concealed the United States.
Mr. Xi introduced China’s efforts in sharing vaccines, combating climate change and promoting development in the opening remarks of a Virtual gathering organized by World Economic Forum. The online events is being held after the group halted its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
During a virus panel session, Moderna’s CEO said the vaccine maker was working on a booster shot for both COVID-19 and influenza, while the US infectious diseases specialist Ky, Dr. Anthony Fauci, lamented it was “very disturbing” because of the reluctance of many people. Americans follow basic measures like wearing masks and getting vaccinated.
Mr. Xi, who has not left China since the coronavirus emerged in early 2020, said his country has exported more than 2 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 120 countries and international organizations. . He announced plans to provide an additional 1 billion, including funding 600 million doses for Africa and an additional 150 million for Southeast Asia.
For comparison, UN managers are supported COVAX program to deliver vaccines to developing countries announced over the weekend that it had delivered 1 billion doses of the vaccine.
Mr. Xi has covered standard topics from previous international speeches, including responding to complaints from trading partners by promising to more expansive than China’s state-dominated economy private and foreign competition.
“We need to get rid of the Cold War mentality and seek peaceful coexistence and win-win outcomes,” Xi said through an interpreter. “Protectionism and unilateralism cannot protect anyone. … Worse yet are hegemonic practices and bullying, contrary to the flow of history” – terms Beijing has used to describe US policy and actions.
He added: “A zero-sum approach that increases one’s own gain by doing other’s will not be helpful. “The right way forward for humanity is peaceful development and mutually beneficial cooperation.”
Mr. Xi said China was “ready to work with” other governments on climate change but did not announce new initiatives and did not provide resources. The supply of money and technology is up to developed countries, he said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also touched on the environment in his speech, pledging his country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070.
India’s growth over the next 25 years will be “green and clean, sustainable and reliable”, he said, underscoring the country’s commitment to solar energy.
While Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi touted environmental efforts, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres endorsed concerns about the use of coal – both China and India are big users – in his call for “real climate action in the developing world”.
“Emissions must fall, but they continue to rise,” Guterres said in his speech, calling for debt forgiveness for developing countries that need help phasing out coal.
Guterres pointed to his call for an “alliance” to help accelerate the clean energy transition, highlighting US-China efforts to provide China with “appropriate technology” to accelerate its transition. that translation.
Guterres said the past two years have shown the world needs to work together to stop climate change, revive the global economy and beat the pandemic.
During a panel discussion on the future of COVID-19, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said he hopes the US-based company will have a booster vaccine ready to try. trial in advanced research in the second quarter, says the best case scenario would be a single injection. including flu and COVID-19 will be ready for use next year.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen in every country, but we believe it could happen in some countries over the next year,” Bancel said.
Moderna has been criticized for prioritizing distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine to rich countries; only a small part of its supply is delivered to poor countries through COVAX. He said the company aims to produce about 2 to 3 billion doses this year and hopes to have data from a new vaccine tailored to address the omicron variant by March.
The annual gathering in Davos, which usually takes place in person in the Alpine snowy regions of eastern Switzerland, attracts hundreds of business, cultural, academic and government leaders. The leaders of countries such as Germany, Colombia and Japan were prepared to address the meeting that lasted until Friday.
Associated Press Business writer Joe McDonald in Beijing, AP Health Writer Maria Cheng in Toronto, Sheikh Saaliq in New Delhi, and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.
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