Xi Jinping calls for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine | World news

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccines based on the World Health Organization’s emergency use list, according to a transcript of his statement published by the official news agency Xinhua.

Addressing the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome via video link, Xi said China has supplied more than 1.6 billion COVID vaccines to the world and is working with 16 countries to cooperate on manufacturing doses .

“China is willing to work with all parties to improve the accessibility and affordability of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries,” Xi said.

Xi reiterated China’s support for the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) swift decision to relinquish intellectual property rights to COVID-19 vaccines, and called for encouraging vaccine manufacturers to transfer the technology to developing countries.

Two Chinese vaccines, one from Sinovac Biotech and the other from Sinopharm, have been included in the WHO emergency use list.

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Xi also called for policies to maintain global economic and financial stability, saying China will strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and maintain policy continuity, stability and sustainability.

“Large economies should adopt responsible macroeconomic policies to avoid negative spillover effects on developing countries and maintain the stable functioning of the international economic and financial system,” he said.

Xi reiterated that China will strive to peak carbon emissions by 2030, with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom, and Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith in Shanghai; Editing by Alison Williams, Toby Chopra and Giles Elgood)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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