BBC correspondent: You mentioned the ” vaccine nationalism “, the party requires the entry of Chinese personnel vaccination Chinese vaccine, but maybe some countries to China is difficult to inoculate vaccine, some people say this is the ” vaccine nationalism “. What’s China’s response to this?
Hua Chunying: Vaccines are a weapon against the virus and the hope of saving lives. Whether it is a Chinese vaccine or a foreign vaccine, as long as it is safe and effective, it is a good vaccine. China has never required everyone to be vaccinated against China. In fact, vaccines are scarce materials, and we ourselves need them very much. The reason why China is willing to share with you, to provide assistance to more than 60 countries, to facilitate the purchase of vaccines in more than 40 countries, or to vaccinate foreigners in China, is to try its best to cater for their needs and provide assistance within its capacity.
In order to restore the exchanges between Chinese and foreign people in an orderly manner, China has provided visa facilities for foreigners who have been vaccinated with the new crown pneumonia vaccine produced in China and have a vaccination certificate to come to China. This is a beneficial exploration and attempts to facilitate cross-border personnel exchanges after large-scale vaccination on the basis of full consideration of safety and effectiveness. Last year, China had already advocated for countries to discuss the establishment of an international mutual recognition mechanism for health codes. We are willing to reach mutually beneficial arrangements with all parties on the basis of fully accommodating each other’s concerns and friendly consultations to build a new order of smooth, healthy, safe, and orderly cross-border personnel exchanges.
BBC reporter: Does this mean that people who have been vaccinated from other countries will also be able to enter China in the future? If you are, about what time?
Hua Chunying: This question needs to be answered by experts. China is willing to discuss with other countries the establishment of flexible and diverse reciprocal mechanisms on the basis of fully accommodating each other’s concerns and friendly consultations. With regard to the content of mutual recognition and reciprocal measures, China takes an open position and will make proper arrangements based on the opinions of experts.
In fact, the Chinese side is discussing with relevant countries to make reciprocal arrangements for the vaccinations of the relevant personnel. As long as it is conducive to the prevention and control of the epidemic and facilitating personnel exchanges, we all have an open and positive attitude.
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