Serbian President Praises China’s Vaccine Trustworthy; Hungary To Get First Chinese Vaccine This Month; Austrian Chancellor Suggests European Drug Administration (EMA) Consider Approval Of Chinese-Russian Vaccine…In days, several European countries have expressed openness to China’s coronavirus vaccine.
In addition, some Western media have also made rational voices, saying, “It’s time to trust a Chinese vaccine!” Vaccination is about science and life, not political disputes.”
Experts pointed out that the current pandemic situation in Europe is still serious and still faces the dilemma of vaccine shortage. Chinese vaccine is safe and effective, and has been recognized by many countries worldwide.
Strengthening cooperation between China and Europe on vaccines will not only benefit European countries to fight against the pandemic, but also inject positive energy into global public health governance.
“Vaccine approval should not have geopolitical taboos”
“With the help of China, Serbia has more vaccinations than the EU.” According to relevant data, Serbia, with a population of 7 million, has vaccinated more than 450,000 people against the novel coronavirus in the past two weeks, becoming the first European country to be vaccinated against China on a large scale.
On January 16, 1 million doses of vaccines ordered by Serbia from China arrived in Serbia.
On January 18, the Agency of Drugs and Medical Devices said that according to the standards of the European Union and WHO, relevant documents and scientific evidence have been reviewed to confirm the quality, effectiveness and safety of Chinese vaccines.
According to the website of Germany’s Economic Weekly, there are also public discussions in the core of the European Union about approving the coronavirus vaccines in China and Russia.
Recently, AFP quoted sources as saying that European Commission President von der Leyen said that once the Chinese and Russian coronavirus vaccine “shows all data”, it may be allowed to be used in the EU. German Chancellor Merkel recently mentioned that “Serbia has been vaccinated faster than other European countries after using Chinese vaccines”.
Hungary has taken action to become the first EU member state to approve and order a Chinese national drug vaccine.
According to AFP, the Hungarian government said on February 5 that it planned to start vaccinating its citizens with China later this month.
The Czech Republic, another EU member, is also eager to try. According to Reuters, Czech Prime Minister Babiš, who visited Hungary a few days ago, said it would be possible to refer to Hungary’s practices to speed up vaccination.
Some EU politicians are positive about EMA’s approval of Chinese vaccines. Austrian Premier Kurtz pointed out in a statement that as long as Chinese or Russian vaccine companies apply, EMA should consider approval, and there should be no geopolitical taboos on vaccine approval.
“There is no reason for the EU to reject a Chinese vaccine once approved by the EMA,” German health minister Spahn told Frankfurter.
No matter which country the vaccine is produced, it can be used to fight the pandemic as long as it is safe and effective.
“Europe faces vaccine shortage and delayed delivery”
The WHO pointed out recently that AstraZeneca and Pfizer have supply problems.
No company can afford to vaccinate throughout Europe, and the white heat of vaccine competition may be difficult to really relieve.
European Commission President von der Leyen admitted that the EU had made mistakes in its strategy to ensure that citizens of member states have access to adequate vaccines.
“In Europe, the slow vaccination is causing public anger.” AFP said.
The British Daily Express pointed out that the EU, which has always relied on the U.S. and British pharmaceutical industry, realizes that their vaccination plans lag far behind other countries, making it possible for the EU to choose to cooperate with Chinese vaccines.
“At present, the EU is facing the pressure of the pandemic rebound, and vaccination has become an important option for pandemic prevention.
However, the strain on European vaccines cannot meet the urgent need of countries for mass vaccinations.
Zhao Ke, an associate professor at the National Institute of Strategic Studies of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, pointed out in an interview with this newspaper that in contrast, in China, vaccine research and development and vaccination are much faster than that of European countries, and the stability and reliability of Chinese vaccines have been verified in fact.
In addition, Chinese vaccines have also gone to many countries around the world on a large scale.
The Chinese government is committed to the fair distribution of vaccines in the international community and provides vaccination support to other countries, especially developing countries. The international community, including Europe, is obvious to all the international credibility of China’s vaccine.
“It’s time to trust the vaccines from China and Russia!” On February 5th local time, the New York Times published a commentary on this topic, saying that France, Spain and Germany began to discuss ordering Chinese and Russian vaccines in the face of severe vaccine shortages and delays in delivery.
The semi-desperate state’ finally seems to prompt them to shout out not to be “biased” against non-Western vaccines.
The article also emphasizes that there is increasing evidence that vaccines from China and Russia are safe and reliable.
“It should be taken quickly and seriously,” considering the supply problems around the world.
“The pandemic has repeatedly cast a shadow over Europe’s economic recovery.
If European countries can change their prejudices and look at Chinese vaccines from a technical perspective, objectively and non-politicized, it will be beneficial to ease the plight of vaccine tension in Europe, curb the rebound of the pandemic, and thus reduce the pressure of economic recovery, which is beneficial and harmless for European countries. Zhao Ke said.
“Overcoming the pandemic together through international cooperation”
Under the urgent situation of fighting against the pandemic, more and more EU dignitaries have made rational voices and expressed criticism of the “politicization of vaccines”.
Austrian Chancellor Kurtz stressed that every effective and approved vaccine is important to fight the pandemic, and that “only through international cooperation can we overcome the pandemic together”.
Czech Prime Minister Babiš said bluntly that vaccination has nothing to do with politics, but with safety and health.
In response to individual doubts, Wang Wenbin, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular press conference on February 5 that the Chinese government has always put the safety and effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine first, and Chinese vaccine research and development enterprises have always promoted vaccine research and development in accordance with the law and regulations, and actively carried out International cooperation.
He hopes that the international community will unite and form a joint effort on the issue of vaccines, work together to make vaccines a global public product, promote the equitable distribution and use of vaccines around the world, and strive to defeat the pandemic at an early date.
“Europe and the United States need to cooperate with China and Russia in vaccination.
Vaccination is about science and life, not political disputes.” The German Berlin Daily recently appealed.
Zhao Ke pointed out that China and the EU, as two important international strategic forces, are important partners in global affairs, including public health issues.
After the outbreak of the pandemic, China and Europe supported each other, extended a helping hand to each other, shared pandemic information and exchanged experience. Central European enterprises also have cooperative actions in vaccine research and development.
At present, no country or region can be isolated. In the global fight against the pandemic, China and the EU have room for cooperation in many aspects.
On the one hand, the two sides should give full play to the responsibility of responsible international actors, help more developing countries establish a solid pandemic prevention and control network, and cooperate in vaccine research and development and equitable distribution.
On the other hand, China and the EU should work together to improve the relevant systems of the international public health system and contribute positively to global public health governance.