Coronavirus: China’s President Xi Jinping finally speaks, roles out plan for global response, to help Africa with $2b as he calls on world to probe handling of virus


Xi Jinping addressing the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday May 18, 2020.

President Xi Jinping of China has finally broken silence over Coronavirus as he announced Monday that it will give $2 billion to support the fight against the disease and assist Africa.

Xi made the pledge at the opening of the first virtual meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s World Health Assembly.

China, according to him, will also work with the UN to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, to ensure the operation of COVID19 pandemic response supply chains.

On promise to Africa, President Jinping said the money will be paid out over two years to help respond to COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands and devastated national economies.

Although the entire money is not meant for Africa, Xi said that it will especially support efforts in developing countries.

Specifically, Xi promised that his country will establish a cooperation mechanism to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of AfricaCDC headquarters.

He defended his country’s response and called for global investigation into the handling of the virus.

President Xi Jinping was speaking on global action for the first time after he was called by US President Donald Trump who praised his performance tackling the pandemic his country, saying he (Xi) was and inspiration to him and appealing to him for cooperation to fight the disease globally along with other world leaders, which was granted.

Xi however has now been heard to directly reacted since Trump went round and tried to shift the blame for the problem to China, which has always been knocked down within and outside his own America.

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