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  • China Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance (BBC)

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[Anchor]

China has joined the coronavirus vaccine alliance known as COVAX.

Beijing's foreign ministry said Friday that China signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the alliance, the previous day.

The alliance is designed so that richer countries agree to buy into potential vaccines and help finance access for poorer ones.

The BBC's Robin Brant reports.

[Reporter]

The country where the pandemic originated has pledged to join the global effort to get 2 billion doses paid for and distributed once it's approved.

The COVAX initiative aims to do this by the end of next year.

The foreign ministry spokesman said China wants to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and restated that it would prioritize developing countries after it has inoculated its own population.


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