China’s United Nations ambassador said his country is donating 300,000 doses of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to UN peacekeepers, with priority given to those serving in Africa.
Ambassador Zhang Jun sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informing him of the donation, China’s UN Mission said Monday. It follows the announcement by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi of Beijing’s intention to donate vaccines at a UN Security Council meeting on Feb. 17.
The mission said “China attaches great importance to the safety and security of peacekeepers” and the donation “is a further step to make China’s vaccines a global public good, and also a demonstration of China’s firm and continuous support to the UN and multilateralism.”
Last month, the UN thanked India for offering 200,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers.
The UN currently has a dozen peacekeeping operations, half in Africa with a total of about 100,000 peacekeepers.
There was no immediate word on what the UN plans to do with the two offers. SOVEREIGNPH