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Building a Global Community of Health for All


By H.E. Li Jie, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia


27 May 2020


On May 18, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China delivered a statement at the virtual event of the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly. In the statement, he called for global solidarity and cooperation to defeat the pandemic and build a Global Community of Health for All. The five measures proposed by President Xi will provide important opportunities for China-Zambia cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, economic and social development, debt management and vaccines.


A. Both China and Zambia are contributing to halting the global spread of the COVID-19


With painstaking efforts and enormous sacrifice, China has turned the tide on the virus and protected the life and health of its people. Acting with openness, transparency and responsibility, China has provided information to the World Health Organization and relevant countries in a most timely fashion. China has released the genome sequence at the earliest possible time. China has shared control and treatment experience with the world without reservation. China has done everything in its power to support and assist countries in need.


Positive progress has been made in COVID-19 prevention and control in Zambia. Adhering to the principle of putting people first and putting life first, the Zambian government has taken strong measures in important areas such as surveillance and disease intelligence, laboratory and diagnostics infection prevention and control. Medical and health experts, community-level health officials and medical personnel are working on the front line and have made tremendous sacrifices in their efforts to effectively control the epidemic and protect people’s health. This is worthy of admiration. The Zambian media actively publicized and reported on the pandemic and sensitized the public. Universities and scholars are working hard to develop drugs and medical devices. In addition, Zambia has conducted joint prevention and control with its neighboring countries to facilitate cross-border logistics and minimize the impact of the epidemic on economic and social development. I sincerely wish Zambia an early victory over the epidemic.


B. China and Zambia have actively carried out cooperation on epidemic prevention and control


Since the outbreak, the Zambian government and society have adhered to inclusiveness, openness and unity, providing a favorable environment for Chinese businesses and Chinese nationals to work and live in Zambia. The Chinese and Zambian governments join hands to ensure that over 4000 Zambian students in China are not infected and major cooperation projects are progressing steadily.


China has taken concrete actions to support Zambia in its fight against the epidemic. We delivered the Levy Mwanawasa Hospital to the Zambian side ahead of schedule, adding 850 valuable hospital beds. China was the first country to provide testing kits to Zambia. The Chinese government has provided two batches of medical supplies to Zambia, and the Jack Ma foundation has provided three batches to Zambia and other African countries. Around 70 Chinese enterprises and Chinese communities in Zambia have donated 13 million kwacha of goods and materials to the government, social organizations and individuals. The Chinese side has held video conferences to share protection knowledge with Zambian health experts and primary-level medical personnel five times so far. Chinese medical teams in Lusaka, Ndola and Livingston have been working at their posts.


C. In response to the global spread of the pandemic, China and Zambia call on the international community to strengthen solidarity


Support WHO.


The World Health Organization is the most authoritative organization in the field of public health cooperation. What I heard most at the World Health Assembly was countries affirming WHO’s work and calling for greater support for it. In his address to the assembly, Hon. Minister Chilufya called on all countries in the world to actively support WHO and work together to tackle the current crisis. China continues to support the leadership of the WHO. At this crucial juncture, to support WHO is to support international cooperation and the battle for saving lives as well. China calls on the international community to increase political and financial support for WHO so as to mobilize resources worldwide to defeat the virus.


Support Africa.


President Xi appealed to the international community to provide greater support for Africa. ”Developing countries, African countries in particular, have weaker public health systems. Helping them build capacity must be our top priority in COVID-19 response. The world needs to provide more material, technological and personnel support for African countries.” said he. China has made Africa a priority in its anti-epidemic cooperation. China has sent a tremendous amount of medical supplies and assistance to over 50 African countries and the African Union. Five Chinese medical expert teams have also been sent to the African continent. In total, in the past seven decades, over 200 million people in Africa have received care and treatment from Chinese medical teams. At present, 46 resident Chinese medical teams are in Africa helping with COVID-19 containment efforts locally.


Believe Science.


Wuhan, China was the first place to report cases of COVID-19, and several countries have recently announced the detection of the virus or antibodies to the virus in blood samples taken before. While the virus is still raging, it is extremely unwise to politicize and stigmatize the pandemic. Therefore, President Xi’s remark quoted as “China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control to sum up experience and address deficiencies. This work should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner” has been widely supported by the international community.


D. China will support Zambia and other African countries in epidemic prevention and control, economic and social development, debt management and vaccines


The five measures announced by President Xi include: 1) China will provide US$2 billion over two years. 2) China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarter. 3) COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good. This will be China’s contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries. 4) China will work with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries. 5) China will work with the UN to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China


Zambia, China’s all-weather partner, will fully benefit from the five measures. The two sides will conduct more in-depth cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, economic and social development, debt management and vaccines.


As the Chinese ambassador to Zambia, I will work harder to promote the development of China-Zambia relations. After the outbreak, I visited Chinese mining enterprises in the Copperbelt province and asked them to do a good job in staff protection and maintain production to the maximum extent possible. I have also visited Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, which is about to be expanded and completed. I believe that the Zambian people are expected to experience this modern international airport this year. I also held video conferences with many Chinese companies to encourage them to stay on the job and ensure the construction of the Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower project and the Mulungushi International Conference Center. I have every reason to believe that the 12-hour load-shedding will not last long.


E. The two peoples overcome difficulties together


The history of human civilization is one of fighting diseases and tiding over disasters. The virus does not respect borders. Nor is race or nationality relevant in the face of the disease. Confronted by the ravages of COVID-19, the people of all countries should look out for each other and pull together as one so as to forge extraordinary synergy in the fight against COVID-19.


The Chinese and Zambian peoples should respect each other, treat each other as equals, strengthen communication and enhance understanding. I call on Chinese enterprises and Chinese nationals in Zambia to strictly abide by the laws, regulations and measures of Zambia during the fight against COVID-19 and actively fulfill their social responsibilities. I am deeply convinced that by working together to strengthen cooperation, the two sides will surely tide over this difficult time and finally overcome the pandemic.
















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