, March 8th, title:
Why is China not engaged in "vaccine diplomacy"?
Reporter Nie Zhixin
"Vaccine diplomacy" has become a frequent word at the two sessions of China. The outside world wants to know whether China uses the new crown vaccine export to expand its geopolitical influence.
If the skeptic can put aside his "pre-positioned position" and observe China's vaccine activities from a neutral perspective and calmly, it is not difficult to find the answer.
China's export of vaccines overseas should be viewed in a dual context.
First, the epidemic in China was controlled earlier and better. Although the string of epidemic prevention cannot be slackened, the sense of security and smoke and fire in Chinese society have basically returned. Domestic vaccination has been carried out in an orderly manner. In accordance with WHO's advice, the front-line population After the vaccination is completed, other people will be vaccinated according to their wishes.
The second is that the epidemic is still in the pandemic stage on a global scale. Vaccines are in short supply. The rich countries are the first to occupy the vaccines, but the developing countries are caught in a "vaccine famine."
It is the wish of every country, including China, to defeat the virus, "reset" the world, and normalize everything.
From a practical perspective, the epidemic knows no borders. "Unless all countries are safe, no country is truly safe."
Although China is relatively safe for the time being, as long as the epidemic does not disappear from the earth, the risk of overseas imports will still exist, and it will be difficult for China to truly feel at ease.
The simplest starting point for China to promote vaccine assistance or export is to hope that the vaccine’s global barrier function will be effective as soon as possible, especially to improve the accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing countries, so as to realize "Hello, me, and the world." Good" universal security.
At the same time, China just has the conditions for "I can".
China's vaccine research and development speed, safety, transportation and storage convenience, and strong production capacity are obvious to all. It can not only meet domestic demand, but also has spare capacity to support others.
The Associated Press reported that China is one of the few countries that can produce vaccines on a large scale, and Chinese vaccines may be the "only solution" in some countries.
European media praised China's ability to fulfill the contract, "China provides a real vaccine, not a blank check."
China not only grants them fish, but also grants them fish, assisting Southeast Asian countries to build regional vaccine production centers and increase the international production capacity of vaccines.
The "first phalanx" of international vaccine cooperation and the "first echelon" of equitable distribution of vaccines. China's standing in such a "C position" is the common result of doing its best and doing what it can.
Looking at China’s international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic, it has ranged from “not letting a country in need be left behind, nor letting anyone waiting for a vaccine be forgotten” to “in the face of the epidemic, nothing is more important than the safety and health of people’s lives” From promoting vaccines to become an international public product to building a community of human health and building a community of shared future for mankind, it all demonstrates China’s human and life first sentiments.
The "people" here include not only the Chinese, but also every vivid face living in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, small European countries and other lands.
Active efforts in the fair distribution of vaccines are a solid step for China to fulfill its commitments and take responsibility.
It can be traced back to the Chinese people’s worldview, "If you are poor, you will be good at yourself, and if you are good, you will benefit the world." To help the outside world better understand the "Chinese choice" on vaccines and other anti-epidemic cooperation issues.
At present, there are many vaccines on the market around the world, and each country decides which vaccine to choose.
Whether it is a Chinese vaccine or a foreign vaccine, as long as it is safe and reliable, it is a good vaccine.
—— The words of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi demonstrate China's openness and magnanimity on the vaccine issue.
Vaccine contracts are "you like me", not "strong buy and sell," and such expressions as "additional conditions" and "request for returns" have been "faced" by relevant countries.
When the Philippines received the Chinese vaccine, President Duterte publicly stated that "China has provided us with everything, but has never actually asked us for anything."
The "light of hope", "scientific choice" and "delivery in time" reveal the real reasons why countries choose Chinese vaccines.
"Chinese vaccines are expected to become the lifeline of developing countries" "Chinese vaccines have been popular in most parts of the world"... From an objective point of view, China's efforts to promote vaccines as a global public product have indeed won the praise and trust of the recipient countries for China. .
However, from the perspective of subjective wishes, China has never and unwilling to engage in "vaccine diplomacy." It is China's most urgent wish to hope that the global collective immunization will be realized as soon as possible and the world will return to peace as soon as possible.