China's Xi pledges $2B to global coronavirus fight

China's Xi pledges $2B to global coronavirus fight
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Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $2 billion Monday to support global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

Xi pledged financial support, especially to aid developing countries, during a video speech to the World Health Assembly, Reuters reports. 

He also reportedly said China will make self-developed COVID-19 vaccines available as a public good to help with efforts to fight the crisis.


Xi also said he supports a global review of the response to the pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO). He had previously opposed calls for such investigations. 

“China supports a comprehensive evaluation of the global response to the epidemic after the global epidemic is under control, to sum up experiences and remedy deficiencies,” Xi told the assembly. “This work needs a scientific and professional attitude, and needs to be led by the WHO; and the principles of objectivity and fairness need to be upheld.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged an independent evaluation of its coronavirus actions. He said the review would come at the “earliest appropriate moment.”

The virus, which is thought to have originated in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 4.7 million people and killed 315,822 globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.