China will donate COVID-19 vaccines to the United Nations for use by peacekeepers stationed around the world, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at the regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday. Zhao did not mention how many doses would be offered or when they will be provided. India has already given 200,000 jabs to UN peacekeepers. (MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS)
Separately, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said he and the IOC was “grateful” for the Chinese offer to donate COVID-19 vaccines to support both the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Japan quickly responded to the offer by saying its teams will not take a Chinese vaccine. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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