China has pledged half a billion doses of its vaccines to countries, especially focusing on developing middle-income nations. The country has said it is providing vaccine aid to 53 countries and exporting to 27. Beijing hasn’t released a list of the countries yet.
China has approved four locally-developed coronavirus vaccines and has administered 52 million doses as of 28 February. The country recently announced that it plans on vaccinating 40% of its population by June. That’s roughly 560 million people.
China has shipped 10 times more vaccine doses than it has administered at home. The country’s ruling Communist Party has called this ‘Vaccine Cooperation’
“We believe that all countries should work together to resist vaccine nationalism and promote the impartial and reasonable distribution of vaccines, especially distribution among developing countries,” said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
WHO has approved China’s vaccines, but the European Union is yet to do so. There have been no reports of any serious side effects from the country’s vaccines even as their efficacy rate is behind that of Pfizer and Astra Zeneca.
Serbia, Afghanistan, Thailand and Indonesia are some of the countries who’ve confirmed they are using vaccinations provided by China.
Serbia has purchased over 2.6 million doses from China and is the first country in Europe to start inoculating its population with vaccines from China.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban got the Sinopharm shot after approving the vaccine in the country.
Afghanistan officials have said China will deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine. Afghanistan’s immunisation campaign began last week.
Afghanistan Health Ministry’s head of immunisation programme has said, ‘China’s ambassador to Kabul said in a meeting with health officials that his country would provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine’.
Afghanistan has already received 500,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India. Over 12,000 health workers have received the vaccine in Afghanistan and vaccination of security forces has also started.
Indonesia is another country who has authorized CoronaVac for emergency use, Indonesia started its national vaccination programme on 13 January.
Thailand has received 200,000 of the 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China.