Wang Yi: China to Strengthen Vaccine Cooperation with Developing Countries

On June 5, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indonesian President's special envoy and the country's Coordinator for Cooperation with China Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan co-chaired the first meeting on the China-Indonesia high-level dialogue and cooperation mechanism in Guiyang City, and jointly declared the launch of the "Spring Sprout" campaign in Indonesia.

Wang Yi emphasized, as large developing countries and responsible members in the global community, China and Indonesia share a similar attitude and standpoint in the vaccine issue. Putting people and life front and center, we actively carry out vaccine cooperation, fostering a new highlight in bilateral relations and setting an example for developing countries.

Wang Yi expressed, the problem of uneven vaccination has become more acute. A handful of developed countries have hoarded vaccines, leaving developing countries struggling with insufficient vaccines. China resolutely resists "vaccine nationalism", and "vaccine divide". Having announced support for waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, China will promote its vaccine companies in transferring technologies to other developing countries and carrying out joint production, so as to expand vaccine accessibility and affordability. China will encourage more Chinese vaccines to carry out clinical trials in Indonesia, support Indonesia in building the regional vaccine production center, and jointly promote the equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide, especially in the developing countries.

Luhut said, thanks to China's strong assistance, Indonesia has kept the pandemic under control, and provided a strong guarantee for high-level bilateral practical cooperation, fostering a new highlight in solidarity and cooperation between China and Indonesia. Indonesia hopes to establish whole-industrial-chain cooperation with China in vaccine R&D and production, striving to build the regional vaccine production center at an early date. Indonesia stands ready to coordinate China in implementing the "Spring Sprout" campaign, and assist local Chinese nationals in getting vaccinated.

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