COVID-19 vaccine: Africa will be among first beneficiaries, Ambassador Guo

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By Kuda Bwititi
The Chinese Embassy in Harare will fully implement President Xi Jinping’s recommendations to support Africa’s fight against coronavirus, after it was agreed that the continent will be among the first beneficiaries, if Beijing discovers the Covid-19 vaccine, China’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Gou Shaochun has said.

This comes after President Xi hosted an extraordinary virtual summit this week for African Heads of State, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa who participated in his capacity as chair of the Sadc organ in Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation.

Briefing journalists on Friday concerning the summit, Ambassador Gou said his office will start the implementation of the outcomes immediately.

“Let me stress that we are ready to work with Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa to implement the outcomes of this milestone summit and create a better future for us all.”

Ambassador Gou said President Xi had pledged to support construction of more hospitals in Africa, while the continent is also expected to be among the first beneficiaries if China finds the vaccine to cure coronavirus.

He said to date, China has made “good progress” in finding the coronavirus vaccine.

“On fighting COVID-19, he (President Xi) pledged China would continue to provide medical supplies, send expert teams, and facilitate Africa’s procurement of medical supplies in China. Construction of the Africa CDC headquarters would be started ahead of schedule. Construction of China-Africa Friendship Hospitals and the cooperation between paired-up Chinese and African hospitals would be accelerated. Once the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccine is completed in China, African countries will be among the first to benefit,” Ambassador Gou said.

Ambassador Gou said President Xi was keen to “consolidate friendship” with African countries in the wake of Covid-19.

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