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China Joins WHO’s Vaccine Program, Filling Void Left by Trump

  • Beijing’s move is a big win for $18 billion Covax effort
  • Move could help improve China’s image following criticism
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China Joins WHO Covax Vaccine Program
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China will take part in a World Health Organization-backed effort to provide a coronavirus vaccine to developing nations, filling a void in global health leadership after U.S. President Donald Trump spurned the program.

Beijing on Thursday joined the $18 billion Covax initiative that aspires to give lower-income countries the same access to vaccines as wealthier nations. The move came despite China “leading the world with several vaccines in advanced stages of R&D and with ample production capacity,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Friday.