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China joining COVAX boosts bid to ensure fair access to vaccine - GAVI tells Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - China has joined the COVAX vaccine facility, becoming the 170th country to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to rich and poor countries alike, the GAVI vaccine alliance said in a statement to Reuters on Friday.

“This is fantastic news, which gives even more momentum to our efforts to ensure global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines,” said Seth Berkley, Gavi ceo.

The move means China “will be procuring vaccines through the facility for a proportion of their own population, just as with other countries that have joined”, a spokesman said.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Jon Boyle

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