MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) - Belarusians trust the Chinese vaccine against COVID-19, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said at a ceremony to hand over another batch of COVID vaccine to Belarus, BelTA has learned.
"I witnessed that many hospitals and vaccination points against COVID-19 use the Chinese vaccine. I myself noticed that locals show attention, trust and love for the Chinese vaccine. Being the Chinese Ambassador to Belarus, I am very pleased and encouraged by the fact that the Chinese vaccine helps the Belarusian people to fight the epidemic effectively," he said.
The other day, China sent another batch of humanitarian cargo to Belarus - 2 million doses of vaccine against COVID infection and as many syringes. A solemn ceremony to hand this humanitarian cargo over to the Belarusian side was held in the Healthcare Ministry.
"These are important and concrete actions by China to fulfill its pledge to contribute to the general availability and affordability of the COVID-19 vaccine for developing countries," the ambassador said. “This is also an important measure to implement the agreement reached by the heads of our countries during telephone conversations and meetings. This reflects the great importance that the Chinese government attaches to Chinese-Belarusian relations, demonstrates the resolute strong support of the Chinese people to the Belarusian people in the fight against the pandemic.”
The ambassador recalled that the pandemic has been going on for three years, creating a serious threat to the safety and lives of people, social and economic development around the world.
Speaking to reporters, the ambassador noted that this is the seventh batch of COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Belarus. He is confident that thanks to joint cooperation, the fight against the epidemic has been effective. The situation has, fortunately, stabilized.
According to him, mutual support and close cooperation between China and Belarus once again show the high level of relations between the two countries and testify to the sincere friendship between the Chinese and Belarusian peoples.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Yuri Senko, who addressed the ceremony via a video link, noted that the delivery of another batch of vaccine to Belarus was the result of coordinated work of all parties and showed a high level of mutual assistance, professionalism and sincere friendship between Belarus and China. He believes that such ties will only grow stronger.
The ambassador also congratulated the participants of the ceremony on the historic rise in the level of relations between Belarus and China to an all-weather and comprehensive strategic partnership. The relevant declaration was adopted during the historic meeting of the heads of state in Samarkand on 15 September of this year. The declaration became a new incentive for active work of Belarusian and Chinese partners, gave the right signal to the international community about the strength and inviolability of the Belarusian-Chinese iron brotherhood. The ambassador also lauded the important role of the China International Development Cooperation Agency and reaffirmed commitment to a direct and open dialogue.