China joins WHO vaccine initiative, aiming to provide innoculations worldwide

The COVAX alliance involves countries working together to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.

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WHO logo behind a vaccine display
WHO logo behind a vaccine display
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Updated: October 12, 2020 - 10:47pm

China announced it is joining the World Health Organization's COVAX alliance initiative, in which countries are working together to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The alliance deadline was in September, however, China said it is now willing to become a part of initiative. China has several vaccines in the final stages of clinical trials.

"We are taking this concrete step to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to developing countries, and hope more capable countries will also join and support COVAX," Chinese ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

President Trump declined to be involved with the initiative, saying it is "influenced by the corrupt WHO and China."

COVAX plans to buy 2 billion doses of a vaccine by the end of 2021. 

Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac recently stated it wants to provide its vaccine to the world, including the U.S. and countries in Europe. Regulations have prevented previous Chinese vaccines from being sold, however, joining COVAX may allow the Chinese to provide a vaccine worldwide.