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Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation

2021/06/24

Jointly launched by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam at the Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation on June 23rd, 2021.

1.We recognize that solidarity and cooperation are key to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenge confronting all countries in the world.

2.We believe that in combating the pandemic, people and their lives must be put first, and no one can be safe until everyone is safe.

3.We stress that vaccines, as an important part of our toolkit for pandemic response, should be equitably distributed as global public good, inter alia, in a way that their availability, accessibility and affordability in developing countries are ensured.

4.Recalling the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the World Health Assembly as well as the Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, we call for open, fair and non-discriminatory international cooperation on vaccines.

5.We commend the efforts made by the United Nations system, in particular the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as by relevant countries in carrying out cooperation on vaccines.

6.We call upon Belt and Road cooperation partners to focus on the following:

- Strengthen communication on vaccine regulatory policies to jointly ensure the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

- Encourage vaccine producing countries, which are in a position to do so, to support vaccine companies in providing more vaccines to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility of the WHO.

- Support the provision of vaccines by governments and companies to developing countries either through donation or export at affordable prices.

- Facilitate joint vaccine research, development and technological exchanges, and encourage transferring relevant technologies to developing countries.

- Promote partnerships between vaccine producers and developing countries for joint vaccine production towards the scaling up of global production.

- Encourage regional and multilateral development banks to provide more concessional financing to developing countries for their vaccine procurement and production, while respecting each country's right to select its preferred vaccines.

- Strengthen Belt and Road cooperation on connectivity to ensure cross-border flows of vaccines.

7.We look forward to the participation of more partners in this initiative.

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