On Sunday, the science and technology minister of China said the country will strengthen international cooperation in future COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials. China is giving great efforts in the global scramble to develop a vaccine for the new coronaries epidemic that first occurred in the city of Wuhan.
As per data compiled by the World Health Organization, Chinese experts are carrying out five separate clinical trials on humans or half of all such trials globally. Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to WHO that vaccines China develops will become a “global public good” once they are ready for use.
Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang told a news conference in Beijing, developing “a vaccine is still the fundamental strategy in our effort to overcome the new coronavirus.” However, he said the vaccine development process is very difficult and time-consuming.
“The rigour of vaccine development has been compared by some scientists to a dance involving precise steps and rehearsals,” Wang said. The State Council Information Office further informs that the government urges global cooperation saying the international community should resist finger-pointing and politicising the virus.
US President Trump’s administration accused China of misleading the virus and lacking transparency regarding the pandemic. However, Beijing has repeatedly denied all the allegations claiming it has informed the world from the very beginning.
The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention briefed his U.S. counterpart by phone the then-known virus as early as January 4, as per the white paper. As of the end of May, the Chinese government said the medical cost of all the coronavirus patients in China totaled 1.35 billion yuan. Last month, President Xi Jinping pledged $2 billion in financial support over the next two years to help the developing countries.