Jakarta: China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Friday that the country has officially joined the COVAX initiative.
COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Its aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of covid-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.
"On October 8, China and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, signed an agreement, officially joining COVAX," the spokesperson said.
"This is an important step China has taken to uphold the concept of a shared community of health for all and to honor its commitment to turn covid 19 vaccines into a global public good," she added.
Currently, the covid-19 pandemic still poses a severe threat to the safety and health of people in all countries.
According to the spokewoman, China continues to focus on ensuring that developing countries have equal access to appropriate, safe and effective vaccines.
To that end, the country has pledged to make vaccines developed and deployed by China a global public good, which will be provided to developing countries as a priority.
Therefore, China has maintained close communication with COVAX with a positive attitude towards joining it.
"Even when China is leading the world with several vaccines in advanced stages of R&D and with ample production capacity, it still decided to join COVAX," she stated.
"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," she continued.
In addition, China will also strengthen vaccine cooperation with relevant countries through the COVAX network.
"China will continue to work together with COVAX partners and contribute its share to the global fight against the pandemic to safeguard all human beings' safety and health," she concluded.