China has agreed to grant 100,000 doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines to the government of Timor Leste, said Xiao Jianguo, the Chinese Ambassador to Timor Leste, on Thursday.
Xiao made the remarks when he met with Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, reflecting the latest progress in vaccine cooperation between the two countries.
China is a firm believer in making COVID vaccines a public good and China has worked to improve vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries including Timor Leste, said Xiao.
Xiao hopes the donation could strengthen Timor Leste’s ability to combat COVID-19 and facilitate an early recovery of its economy and from the flood. Xiao also stressed a priority arrangement for vaccination for Chinese nationals and communities in Timor Leste.
Ruak thanked China for its consistent and firm support. Relevant measures will be taken to ensure that the Chinese vaccines will arrive in Timor Leste earlier and the vaccination program will start as soon as possible. The Timorese government will provide necessary assistance for vaccination of foreigners, including Chinese citizens, said Ruak.