Connecting Africa to China
WHO gives Sinovac the all-clear
The leading public health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has officially approved the Chinese-developed Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine. The vaccine, which has seen use in more than 30 countries, received the WHO’s emergency use status last Tuesday. This means it can now be considered by COVAX, the global... Read more
China expands its African vaccine diplomacy
The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out effort is off to an encouraging start throughout Africa as it is significantly aided by Chinese vaccine donations. To date, China has donated or sold vaccines to 19 African nations including South Africa’s neighbour, Zimbabwe. South Africa, a Covid-19 hotbed and global focal point thanks... Read more
South Africa and China recommit to trade: ambassador
China, South Africa’s largest trade partner, wants to resume projects that were stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic, said the new Chinese ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong. China would encourage the resumption of China-Africa trade and collaboration, Chen told the African News Agency (ANA). Chen, who served as a high-ranking... Read more
China to help Africa fight Covid, build economies
China said it would offer aid and assistance to its African trade partners in their prolonged battle with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also committed to build on existing economic partnerships across the continent.   Speaking at the virtual China-Africa Cooperation summit on 27 August, Zhao Xiyuan, an official... Read more
China offers to help Africa through Covid-19 woes
China has said it will forgive African countries their interest-free loans for the year while it pledged to reinforce its African allies’ medical resources as the continent battles the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to attendees at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the Covid-19 Pandemic in Beijing on Thursday,... Read more