China says ready to help Ethiopia on COVID-19 vaccine

ADDIS ABEBA – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday said China is ready to offer vaccine to support Ethiopia in its fight against the COVID-19 during phone conversation with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen.

In the phone conversation, Wang said China attaches great importance to its relationship with Ethiopia.

Assuring China’s expectation of Ethiopia playing a more profound role in regional and international affairs, Wang hoped the country would continue supporting China on issues related to China’s core interests.

Wang also revealed China’s decision to provide COVID-19 vaccines and funds to the country to support its fight against the pandemic and economic recovery afterwards.

China is going to provide emergency food assistance to the country’s Tigray Region as an effort to help the region return to normal life, the Chinese foreign minister added, stressing China sincerely wishes for peace and stability in Ethiopia.

Demeke , for his part, extended New Year greetings to all Chinese people. He reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to China-friendly policies and support to China while appreciating China’s generous help to the country in its economy and social development.