China joins global vaccine alliance, filling “leadership vacuum” left by Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the progress on a COVID-19 vaccine during his visit to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing on March 2, 2020.

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President Xi Jinping learns about the progress on a COVID-19
vaccine during his visit to the Academy of Military Medical
Sciences in Beijing on March 2, 2020. (credit:
GettyXinhua News Agency
)

China has now signed onto
a massive, global alliance
to develop and equitably distribute
a coronavirus vaccine—putting the United States’ absence from
the pact into yet sharper relief.

With its late entry announced Friday, China joins at around 170
other countries in the pact, called the COVAX Facility. The
effort is being spearheaded by the World Health Organization and
co-led along with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness
Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

COVAX is designed to pool resources to help develop a vaccine
and bring it to market globally. Once at that point, the alliance
will help ensure all participating countries have access to
whichever vaccine candidate(s) prove successful, regardless of
where it was developed. It will also provide financial assistance
to lower income countries to access the vaccine. So far, at least
77 high-income countries (including China) have signed on, as well
as 92 low- and middle-income countries.

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China joins global vaccine alliance, filling “leadership
vacuum” left by Trump