China News Service, Beijing, January 13 (Reporter Guo Chaokai Xing Chong) In response to the phenomenon of hoarding and wasting vaccines in individual countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on the 13th that the new crown pneumonia epidemic continued to spread and spread. Against the background of the continuous emergence of mutant strains, this practice is tantamount to preventing the watering of fire trucks, and it should indeed be morally condemned.

  There are media questions. According to reports, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said recently that more than 90 countries have not yet achieved the goal of vaccinating 40% of the population, and more than 85% of the African population has not received a dose of the vaccine.

Noting that the WHO global health financing ambassador and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also said that the West has surplus vaccines but hoards them, while in the poorest countries, vaccines are in short supply, and hoarding vaccines is morally reprehensible.

What is China's comment?

  Wang Wenbin said that China has always believed that fighting the epidemic is the shared responsibility of all countries.

Vaccines are still the main weapon in the fight against the new coronavirus, and the best hope for saving more lives. All countries in the world should adhere to vaccines as the first attribute of global public goods.

  "Unfortunately, despite the current increase in global vaccine production and the increase in vaccination rates, the 'immunization gap' between developed and developing countries is still widening." Wang Wenbin said that according to statistics, low-income countries have only 5% of the population is fully vaccinated.

On the African continent, only 7.5% of the 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated.

"Lack of seedlings and medicines" directly threatens the lives of people in developing countries.

  Wang Wenbin emphasized that at the same time, the vaccines hoarded by a few Western countries far exceed their own needs, and the waste is serious.

The United States alone wasted at least 15 million doses of the new crown vaccine between March and November last year.

Against the background of the continuous spread of the new crown pneumonia epidemic and the emergence of mutant virus strains, the practice of hoarding and wasting precious vaccines by individual countries is tantamount to preventing water from filling fire trucks, and should indeed be morally condemned.

  Wang Wenbin said that everyone has the right to life and health.

Do our best to provide vaccines to the world, especially developing countries, and actively promote the fair and reasonable distribution of global vaccines. This is not a charity, but a responsibility.

"We hope that relevant countries can earnestly fulfill their commitments, work with China to bridge the global 'immunity gap', and truly make due contributions to mankind's early victory over the epidemic." (End)