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China has urged countries around the world to provide more vaccines and more support to Africa to help build a “line of defense” against Covid-19. The international community should help ensure “accessibility and accessibility of vaccines” on the continent, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday at a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council. China holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member council for the month of May. Do you have questions on the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new curated content platform with explanations, FAQs, analysis and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “The international community should provide more assistance with pandemic prevention materials, medical supplies, technology and funds, especially through free assistance, preferential purchasing, technology transfer, cooperative production and other ways to ensure accessibility and affordability of vaccines in Africa, ”said Wang. “Africa is an important part of the global effort to fight the pandemic. An urgent task now is to build a line of defense against the pandemic in Africa… China calls on all countries with the capacity to provide vaccines to Africa urgently, ”he said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the meeting, titled “Peace and Security in Africa,” that of the 1.4 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered globally, only 24 million, or less than 2%, had reached Africa. Wu Peng, director of the Africa department of China’s Foreign Ministry, said Thursday that China has provided vaccines to nearly 40 African countries. The photos were given away or sold at “bargain prices,” he told a press conference. Explanator: How big is the vaccine deficit? In an apparent dig in the United States, Wu compared China’s actions to those of “some countries that have said they have to wait until their own people have completed the vaccination before they can supply the vaccines to foreign countries.” . “We believe that it is, of course, necessary to ensure that the Chinese are vaccinated as soon as possible, but for other countries in need, we are also doing our best to provide vaccine assistance,” a- he declared. According to Bridge Consulting in Beijing, African countries have ordered around 33 million doses of vaccine from China and have received 5.45 million doses of vaccine from Beijing. China has also donated 10.5 million vaccines to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Most of the Chinese vaccines sold overseas are manufactured by Sinovac, while most of the donated vaccines come from Sinopharm, whose product was approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization on May 7. According to the United Nations Development Program, an estimated 40 million Africans were pushed back into extreme poverty during the pandemic. The continent’s economic growth is expected to be 3.4% this year, compared to a global figure of 6%. “A fair and sustainable vaccine deployment around the world is the fastest path to a rapid and equitable recovery,” said Guterres. “This requires dose sharing, removal of export restrictions, increased local production, and full funding for the ACT-Accelerator and its Covax facility.” Taiwan raises the alert level for the whole island after another 267 local cases reported that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that Western countries, especially the deficits in countries in development “. The United States said Monday it would share an additional 20 million doses of the vaccine in the next six weeks, but did not say which countries would receive them. Additional reporting by Associated Press Plus from South China Morning Post: Chinese Entrepreneurs Win Majority of Megaprojects in Africa Does Team Biden Still Using Trump’s Chinese Threat Guide to Africa? China Morning Post For the latest news from the South China Morning Post, download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.