Tedros asks China for greater collaboration on Covid-19 origin

Shanghai, China, Feb 6 (EFE).- The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, called for greater collaboration in determining the origins of Covid-19, based on science and evidence.

Tedros, in a tweet overnight, thanked Li for his support to “reinforce” the WHO and mentioned their discussion on strengthening of global vaccination campaigns to get 70 percent of the global population inoculated against the coronavirus.

“Solidarity is key to ensuring access and affordability of vaccines,” he said.

Following Saturday’s meeting, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement underlining that Tedros stated that WHO adheres to scientific principles to investigate the origin of the virus and opposes the politicization of the process.

Li, on his part, called for unity and cooperation in the global fight against SARS-CoV-2 and agreed on the “importance” of the accessibility and affordability of vaccines.

According to the Chinese premier, the goal should be to use scientific and technological means to develop effective medicines that help defeat the novel coronavirus as soon as possible, and termed it as the common enemy of humanity.

Tedros held another meeting Sunday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who stressed that the sale of more than 2.1 billion doses of Covid vaccines to more than 120 countries and international agencies is the largest emergency humanitarian operation since the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. EFE


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