I saw a piece of news yesterday that the small city of Serrana in the southeast of Brazil, where the new crown epidemic is raging, conducted an experiment. Between February and April, almost all eligible adults in Serrana, All were vaccinated with Kexing vaccine, and the coverage rate reached 98%.
In terms of comparing the number of infections, Celana had an average of 67 new cases per day in March, which dropped to about 17 per day this month. Compared with the peak of the epidemic in March, the infection rate has dropped by 75%. Among the people who received the two doses of the vaccine, there were no deaths caused by the new coronavirus, and life slowly returned to normal. This also shows that the Coxing vaccine is not only effective against the new coronavirus, but also effective against the P.1 mutant strain that has swept Brazil.
Ironically, Kexing vaccine has not yet been approved by the WHO for global emergency use. However, Kexing has been authorized in 32 countries and regions, and about 260 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed, while the other Chinese domestic inactivated vaccine is a national medicine. It was approved by the WHO for emergency use worldwide just last week.
I have no intention of challenging the professional assessment of WHO experts, but it is an indisputable fact that the WHO has been highly politicized. Trump withdrew from the WHO and announced his return to the WHO after the Biden administration of the United States took office. From that moment on, the WHO’s attitude towards China quietly changed.
After the WHO expert team went to Wuhan and surrounding areas to investigate the source, it was very unlikely that it would leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. However, the director-general Tan Desai, who has always affirmed China’s results in the epidemic last year, said that the team encountered difficulties in obtaining raw data. He also said that whether the new crown virus came from a laboratory requires further investigation. His remarks were interpreted as different voices from the WHO’s written report.
The change in the attitudes of the top officials of the WHO is inevitably associated with the return of the United States to the World Health Organization. Does the World Health Organization criticize China as a gesture of goodwill to the United States? It turns out that the United States is the country with the largest source of donations and dues from the WHO. During Trump’s presidency, the arrears of dues amounted to 200 million U.S. dollars. As soon as Biden came to power, Brinken publicly stated that the U.S. would pay the WHO more than 200 million U.S. dollars. The dues, including the arrears during Trump’s administration, have yet to be officially announced by the WHO as to whether these arrears have been paid.
As for China’s donation of US$20 million to the WHO last year, an additional US$30 million in donations was used for the prevention and control of the new crown epidemic and supporting the development of health systems in developing countries. In contrast, the United States is still a big player.
Speaking of the WHO, I have to mention that the former Hong Kong Director of Health, Margaret Chan, won the support of the state to successfully become the Director-General of the World Health Organization. I have personally interviewed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assisting Chen Fengfuzhen in the process of competing for the director-general, and I truly understand the powerful national system of the motherland.
In May 2006, the then Director-General of the World Health Organization Li Zhongyu suddenly died of illness, and the leadership of the World Health Organization had to be reorganized. In July 2006, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao suddenly announced at the last regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the summer vacation that he was supporting Margaret Chan’s bid for the Director-General of the World Health Organization in China. Margaret Chan then went to Beidaihe to meet with the deputy in charge of health affairs. Premier Wu Yi and the central leaders publicly expressed their support.
However, it is not easy to succeed. First, no Chinese has ever been the leader of such an important United Nations organization. It can be said that it is an examination of China’s national strength. At that time, Chen Fengfuzhen had to face 13 countries. Candidates with international influence.
Another difficulty is that this group of candidates should come to China and come to all continents, such as Africa. Although they have good relations with China, they will first support their own representatives from Africa. Therefore, Chen Fengfuzhen will win, and there will be multiple rounds of voting. Under the rules of the game, each round must be shortlisted.
In September, Premier Wen Jiabao went to Finland to attend the Asia-Europe Summit. Leaders from most countries in Asia and Europe gathered here. I also accompanied the delegation to interview the summit. During the period, Premier Wen will arrange a meeting with Hong Kong reporters and is thinking about it. When there was a question, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs smiled and asked me why not talk about Chen Fengfuzhen. I immediately asked whether President Wen would canvass votes for Chen Tai in a number of bilateral talks. The officials still smiled and did not deny, that evening I first reported this “exclusive” news.
When President Wen met with reporters the next day, I asked President Wen if he was canvassing for Chen Tai. He confessed: “When I met with the leaders of Asia and Europe, I also specifically talked about the election of Feng Fuzhen Chen and introduced her situation. I hope All relevant countries have given strong support to her campaign.”
In addition to Wen Jiabao, President Hu Jintao personally canvassed for Chen Tai, writing a letter specifically to all heads of state of the WHO Executive Committee that have diplomatic relations with China, hoping to get their support. Six days before the vote, at the “China-Africa Forum” held in Beijing in early November, Chen Fengfuzhen once again canvassed the final vote.
At that time, I interviewed President Hu and President Kagame of Rwanda. At that time, Rwanda was a member of the African Executive Committee that participated in the vote of the WHO Director-General. After the meeting, a very senior diplomatic system leader excitedly expressed to me At the meeting, the President of Rwanda said as soon as he opened the meeting: “Don’t mention it, if the African-backed candidate is eliminated in the first round, I will definitely switch to Mrs. Chen.” After the period, a number of African executive committee members made the same promise. It can also be said that the China-Africa Forum is an alternative harvest.
When it came time to vote, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was even more engaged around the clock. At that time, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Sha Zukang, recalled that during the campaign, he met with 12 to 13 ambassadors every day, and even met the health ministers of relevant countries at 11 pm. He will also carefully review the elections at each stage with the front and rear, analyze the reactions of all parties, and study new solutions based on new changes.
In the four rounds of voting, Mrs. Chen was always leading. In the first round, he got 10 votes, the second got 11 votes, and the third round got 15 votes. Among them, the strongest opponent, Shigeru Japan, was out in the third round. I was watching the live broadcast. It is certain that Mrs. Chen will win, because the votes for the Asian region will be transferred to China. Mrs. Chen defeated Mexico’s Franck by 10 votes with the highest 24 votes in all history and was the first Chinese to become the top leader of the United Nations organization.
Looking back at the entire canvassing process, we can understand the meaning of “concentrating our forces to do big things.” Of course, it can better reflect China’s improvement in national power, and take the initiative to take on greater responsibilities in the international community and play a greater role in the international arena.
Back to reality, and next, another session of China’s diplomacy will be the WHO Annual General Assembly, which opens on May 24. After the G7 held a foreign ministers meeting earlier, it issued a joint statement mentioning Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization Forum and the World Health Assembly. The statement stated that “the international community should be able to benefit from the experience of all partners, including Taiwan’s success in responding to the new crown pandemic. Contribution.” However, it is worth noting that the Taiwan part of the statement is to put the “China” part in parallel with Xinjiang, Hong Kong and other affairs.
China has always emphasized that the World Health Organization is an organization under the United Nations and that it must be a country recognized by the United Nations before it can join the World Health Organization and become a member. Therefore, Taiwan cannot attend the World Health Assembly as a full member. During Ma Ying-jeou’s administration, cross-strait relations eased. The then Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan sent an invitation to Taiwan as an observer. However, after Tsai Ing-wen, who supported Taiwan independence, came to power, Taiwan was no longer invited to become an observer.
The United States wants to use Taiwan to play in the World Health Assembly. Faced with great difficulties, even the Taiwan media have analyzed that even if the Western formation supports Taiwan as a member, the WHO has 194 member states, of which 180 have diplomatic relations with Beijing. Beijing still has a large influence in the third world, and it is extremely difficult to get a chance of passing by more than half.
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