COVID-19 a common challenge to all humankind, needs to fight together: China

BEIJING, January 22 (INP):  COVID-19 a common challenge to all humankind, needs to fight together, said here a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.

She was commenting on a report, which says more than 400,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. A memorial was held in Washington, D.C. on the night of January 19. As was noticed, President Biden said in his inauguration speech that the United States is “entering what may be the darkest and deadliest period of the virus,” and that “we need all our strength to…persevere through this dark winter.”

Hua Chunying said they have noted the reports. We also grieve for the lives lost to the pandemic.

She added, ” as President Xi Jinping pointed out on various occasions, solidarity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon to defeat COVID-19.

Besides preventing and containing the virus at home, we have launched the largest global humanitarian campaign since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, cooperating with all parties to enhance international anti-epidemic efforts.

We have also been supporting and helping the American people as much as we can. According to preliminary statistics from Chinese authorities, from March 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021, through exports, donations and other means, China provided the United States with more than 42.02 billion masks, over 900 million pairs of surgical gloves, 780 million protective suits, 50.66 million pairs of goggles, 15,648 non-invasive ventilators and 257 invasive ones.

Chinese provinces, cities, friendly groups, non-governmental organizations and companies also donated lots of medical supplies to the U.S. side.

The pandemic is still spreading across the world, and we noticed the severe situation in the United States. The victory of the global fight against COVID-19 cannot be achieved until the virus is eliminated in the last country.

China will continue strengthening anti-epidemic cooperation with the international community including the United States, and supporting the United States in its fight to the best of our capability.”

INP/javed