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There should be no vicious competition’.... China dismisses reports India engages in Covid-19 ‘vaccine diplomacy’

Beijing has said nations should put aside their rivalry in matters relating to Covid-19 and work together to ensure a vaccine reaches as many as possible. The comments come after India gifted the jab to regional counterparts.
Speaking on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to a question regarding Beijing’s position on India’s decision to export millions of Covid-19 jabs to neighboring countries, free of charge.

“The virus is the common enemy of mankind, and the top priority of the international community is to unite and fight the epidemic together,” Zhao told journalists, insisting that the new British variant is a global challenge.

“At present, there are many new coronavirus vaccines on the market around the world. Each country should be able to independently decide which vaccine they want,” he said.

“There should be no vicious competition on this issue, let alone the so-called confrontation.”

Zhao added that Beijing welcomes the development and production of safe and efficient vaccines around the world.

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