CHINA US vaccine hoarding 'no different' from strangling others' lifeline: spokesperson of Chinese FM

CHINA

US vaccine hoarding 'no different' from strangling others' lifeline: spokesperson of Chinese FM

Xinhua

10:56, July 17, 2021

BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry has criticized U.S. practice of hoarding and wasting valuable COVID-19 vaccines, saying it is "no different from strangling developing countries' vulnerable anti-epidemic lifeline."

A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a new vaccination site in the California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, the United States, Feb. 5, 2021. (Xinhua)

Zhao Lijian made the remarks on Thursday when asked to comment on an opinion piece published by the Washington Post, which criticized the United States of hoarding a vast number of vaccines that leads to severe waste.

"The pandemic is spreading in many parts of the world with greater challenges posed by variants of the virus," Zhao said. "Every dose of the vaccines hoarded and wasted by the U.S. could have been used to save someone's life."

"When the United States throws surplus vaccines in the trashcan, we should not only think about the numbers of vaccines wasted, but also be mindful that the United States is walking away from conscience and international responsibility," he added.

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