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Chinese Foreign Minister Calls on the UN Security Council to Boost African Vaccine Access

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) spoke at a meeting of the United Nations and African Union on Friday. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, called on the United Nations to help ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, as treatments for the virus start to become available. The Foreign Minister issued the appeal on Friday at a virtual meeting of UN Security Council members and the African Union.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into and exacerbated the global crises, exerting profound political, economic and social impacts on African countries, and posing a litany of new challenges to peace and security of the continent,” according to a transcript of Wang’s remarks.  Friday’s high-level meeting was organized by South Africa who currently both occupies the rotating chair of the African Union, and a rotating seat on the Security Council.

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