US selfish hoarding of vaccines denies fair access to developing countries - Spokesperson
Zhao Lijian: They remind me of a line by Chinese poet Du Fu: "while meat and wine go to waste behind the vermilion gates of the rich, the poor is frozen to death on an empty stomach by the roadside." Now even the US media cannot stand their country's selfish hoarding of vaccines.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that we need at least 11 billion doses to vaccinate 70 percent of the world to reach herd immunity and end this pandemic, noting that there is uneven access to vaccines. Indeed, the international community bears witness to such selfish practice of the US, which severely deprives developing countries of equal access to vaccines. This is not what a responsible country would do. How disgraceful!
The pandemic is spreading in many parts of the world with greater challenges posed by variants of the virus. In this context, the US practice of hoarding and wasting valuable vaccines is no different from strangling developing countries' vulnerable anti-epidemic lifeline. Every dose of the vaccines hoarded and wasted by the US could have been used to save someone's life. When the US throws surplus vaccines in the trashcan, we should not only think about the numbers of vaccines wasted, but rather be mindful that the US is walking away from conscience and international responsibility.
China always believes that COVID-19 vaccines should be made a global public good and we need to ensure their accessibility and affordability in developing countries. We stand ready to continue to do our utmost to provide vaccines to other countries and work with all parties to build a global community of health for all and make greater contributions to the global fight against the pandemic.
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