Oct. 9 (UPI) — China on Friday said it has joined a World Health Organization-led initiative that aims to manufacture and provide equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, said the Asian nation signed an agreement with Gavi on Thursday to join COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator program.
Launched in April by the WHO, the ACT Accelerator aims to ramp up development, production and equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and is co-led by the U.N. health body, Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
Hua did not state China’s financial contribution to the program but said it pledges to make domestically developed vaccines a public resource.
“This is an important step China has taken to uphold the concept of a shared community of health for all and to honor its commitment to