Xi pledges $2 billion to help other countries hurt by Covid-19

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to provide $2 billion in aid to help other countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Xi made this proclamation on Monday while speaking via video conference at the opening ceremony of the 73rd World Health Assembly, an annual meeting of the World Health Organizations decision-making body.
The money will be provided over the next two years and will especially go towards developing countries, said Xi.
During his address, Xi looked to strike a contrast between himself and Donald Trump, speaking of global cooperation and international solidarity while mourning those lives lost around the world and calling for increased support for the WHO.
He also declared that once Chinese researchers finish a vaccine, it will be made available for the global public good.

At the assembly, a draft resolution will be discussed which calls for a review into the origin and spread of the coronavirus.
While China has touted its own openness and transparency regarding the oubreak, it has pushed back against any international investigation into the viruss origins. Just hours before the start of the opening ceremony, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called the draft resolution premature.
However, Xi himself struck a slightly different tone in his speech, declaring that China agrees with the need for an investigation but adding that it shouldnt be conducted right now.
China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to Covid-19 after it is brought under control, to sum up our experience and address deficiencies, he said. This work should be led by science and professionalism, led by the WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner.



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