China, the country where the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out from, has promised that it would first donate any vaccine developed to Africa, free of charge.
China is taking the lead in the development of a vaccine, with 5 out of 10 of those that have so far undergone clinical trials, developed by the Chinese.
In an online chat with some African leaders on Thursday, Chinese president, Xi Jinping made this announcement.
“We gathered here with our new and old friends through video to discuss anti-epidemic cooperation and cement China-Africa brotherhood,” said Xi in a speech on Wednesday aired on state media.
“We are making good on our promises at the earlier Beijing summit with concrete efforts, as well as contributing to the global anti-epidemic cooperation. We believe that humans will defeat the epidemic ultimately, and Chinese and African people will definitely live a better life,” Xi said.