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China to provide COVID-19 vaccine aid for Ethiopia, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea

Christian Fernsby |
China has decided to provide Ethiopia with a batch of COVID-19 vaccines and financial assistance to help the African country fight the pandemic and restore its economy, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

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China has always attached importance to Ethiopia's important positions and role in Africa and is willing to see Ethiopia exert greater influence on regional and international affairs, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, adding China hopes and believes that Ethiopia will continue to firmly support China on issues concerning China's core interests.

China attaches great importance to Algeria's need of COVID-19 vaccines and has decided to provide a batch of emergency vaccine aid and facilitate the purchase of vaccines for Algeria to meet its urgent needs, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

China will, as always, support Algeria in following a development path that suits its national conditions and firmly opposes any interference in Algeria's internal affairs by external forces, Wang said.

Algeria is willing to jointly build the Belt and Road with China and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said, adding that the Algerian side thanks China for providing vaccine aid for it and stands ready to purchase vaccines from China to completely defeat the pandemic at an early date.

A batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, on Wednesday.

This is the first batch of vaccine aid provided by the Chinese government to African countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Tuesday at a press briefing.

"Faced with the pandemic, no country, no matter how powerful, is not spared. However, in this context of crisis, only China has extended its hand to Equatorial Guinea, which has become the first African country to receive Chinese vaccine aid, and we are grateful for it ", he said.

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