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China pledges one billion Covid jabs for Africa

Date: Nov 29, 2021

President Xi Jinping has pledged that China will donate one billion additional coronavirus vaccine doses to Africa.

Xi said 600 million jabs would be sent directly, while the remainder would be delivered by other means, including through investing in vaccine production sites in Africa.

China has delivered about 180 million vaccine doses to Africa so far, just under a fifth of them as donations.

Less than 7% of Africa's population is fully vaccinated. Some countries do now have enough vaccines but hesitancy is a big problem.

Xi made the promise during the triennial China-Africa forum which is underway in Senegal.

He also said Beijing would encourage Chinese companies to invest $10bn in Africa over the next three years.

--BBC--

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