• China wants to make its vaccines a global good
• The country wants to stay committed to the well being of the U.N peacekeeping forces
Beijing has expressed its interest in donating vaccines for the UN peacekeeping forces, especially the ones posted in Africa. This desire was expressed by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the U.N. Council meeting on February 17th.
A letter mentioning the donation was sent to the U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by the Chinese ambassador Zhang Jun on Monday. This comes close to the heels of a donation of 200,000 covid-19 vaccines made by India last month. China has topped the vaccine offer with 300,000 doses.
U.N’s peacekeeping forces are deployed at various locations. However, more than half of the forces are deployed in Africa.
China stated that the country remains committed to supporting the U.N. The donation by China is also a way of making the Chinese vaccines a global “good”.