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China offers $2 bn to help tackle COVID-19

Geneva: Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his government will provide $2 billion over two years to help the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made the announcement from Beijing via video-conference at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), reports Efe news.

Xi also said that any vaccines developed in China against the disease, which has caused more than 318,000 deaths worldwide, “will be available as a global public good so that they are accessible and affordable for all developing countries”.

The first COVID-19 cases were detected in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Xi said China will work together with the other G20 nations to suspend debt to the poorest countries as part of measures to overcome the economic crisis caused by the health emergency.

Faced with criticism from some nations, such as the US over the pandemic, Xi said the Chinese government “has displayed an open, transparent and responsible attitude, sharing information with the WHO and the countries involved”.

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