Press conference on COVID-19 origin-tracing
Currently, the world is still suffering from the grim situation of COVID-19 pandemic, the appearance of the Delta variant is challenging the prevention and control measures of all countries, and the African continent is faced with the rapid escalation of the third COVID-19 wave. On the basis of good performance in epidemic control at home and within its capacity, China has provided support and assistance to the African countries including Somalia. China has donated a batch of health products and 200,000 doses of vaccines to Somalia. As the first country providing vaccines to Somalia, China's contribution fully demonstrates the brotherly friendship between our two countries. Through concrete actions, China fulfills its solemn commitment made by H.E. President XI Jinping, i.e., making COVID-19 vaccines, developed and deployed by China, global public goods and prioritizing the accessibility and affordability in developing countries, in particular African countries. The pandemic respects no borders and races, and is the challenge of all mankind. However, certain western countries attempt to politicize the pandemic, pin label on the virus when concerted cooperation between and among countries is widely expected by the international community. In addition, WHO recently went ahead to circulate the second phase of the work plan on origin-tracing without full consultation with the Member States. Regarding this move, many countries, including Somalia, have raised concerns and spoken for justice.