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China and Africa Jointly Combat COVID-19
August 19th is Chinese Doctors’ Day and World Humanitarian Day. In the face of the unexpected COVID-19 outbreak, China and Africa have supported each other and shared a common destiny, jointly practiced the humanitarian concept of “people and lives first”, and set a banner for building a human community with a shared future and facing human challenges together.
Chinese assist-Africa medical workers have practiced against dangers and promoted the international humanitarian spirit. Up to present, nearly 1,000 members of 46 Chinese assist-Africa medical teams have been based in Africa for a long time, and more than 400 training activities on the pandemic prevention and control have been held for African countries. China has also sent 148 medical experts to African countries to help fight against the pandemic, and held hundreds of video exchange meetings with their African counterparts, having won praise from the international community.
At the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 on June 17th, Chinese President Xi said that China would continue to stand firmly with Africa, and continue to help African countries by providing supplies, sending expert teams, and accelerating the construction of the Africa CDC headquarters. China pledged that once the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccine was completed in China, African countries would be among the first to benefit. UN Secretary-General Guterres called on the international community to take actions to help African countries strengthen their public health system. South African President Ramaphosa, the rotating chairperson of the African Union, said that African-Chinese unity and better multilateral cooperation were the key to winning the battle against the virus. According to the report released by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa on July 23th, China has provided African countries with about 41 million pieces of personal protective equipment, and a large number of medical supplies donated by the Chinese government, companies and individuals have been distributed to about 50 African countries and regions, having greatly met the anti-pandemic need in Africa.