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China takes the lead – imperialists hold back

by New Worker correspondent

WITH COUNTRIES stepping up the fight against COVID‑19 in an effort to stave off a fourth wave of the pandemic, vaccination has become the top priority.

Nearly 2.12 billion doses of COVID‑19 vaccines have been administered in China and over the last couple of months the people’s government has committed itself to promoting a fair and reasonable distribution of COVID‑19 vaccines around the world. But the imperialists are holding on to the lion’s share of the vaccines whilst the developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America remain desperately short of vital supplies for their own populations.

According to the United Nations at least 57 per cent of the people in high-income countries had received at least one dose of vaccine by the end of August. The figure in low-income countries was just two per cent.

But China has responded to the call for help. Since President Xi Jinping announced making China’s COVID‑19 vaccines a public asset at the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly in May, China has delivered about 800 million vaccine doses to more than 100 countries, mostly in the Third World.

politicise

But from the beginning the imperialists have tried to politicise the crisis by holding the Chinese government responsible for the pandemic in the first place and then claiming that their vaccines were inferior to those produced in the West.

Donald Trump and his cohorts started it by claiming that the deadly coronavirus came from infected animals or was some sort of Chinese bio-weapon that had leaked out from a Wuhan lab. This “China virus” nonsense is still believed today by millions of Americans despite its dismissal by US intelligence last year.

Most mainstream scientists dismiss the ‘lab-leak’ story as a fringe conspiracy theory promoted by the US government. Others argue that if the USA wants to hound the Chinese, it should equally open the doors into its own high-tech biological research lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland, which was previously the centre of the US germ warfare programme and has been known for conducting research on coronaviruses.

In April 2020 the top US spy agency dismissed reports suggesting that the SARS‑Cov‑2 coronavirus had been developed by Chinese scientists in a government biological weapons laboratory. The Office of Director of National Intelligence said that America’s collective intelligence community “concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid virus was not man-made or genetically modified”.

Although US intelligence still “assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident”, they do not endorse the bio-weapon theory still spewed out to this day by the anti-China camp in the USA.

shift blame

This includes Joe Biden, who claims his administration had “renewed US leadership in the World Health Organisation and rallied allies and partners to renew focus” on the critical question of the origins of the coronavirus. This, as Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu put it, is aimed to “shift blame onto China”.

Instead of supporting coronavirus tracing work based on open, transparent, scientific and co-operative principles, US imperialism wants to impose its will on China in a new Cold War for political and economic gain. This will be paid for in needless deaths throughout the Third World and hamper the ability of the international community to fight against similar, or perhaps even worse, pandemics in the future.

The USA would be well advised to listen to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin and “seek solidarity instead of confrontation, take responsibility instead of resorting to blame-shifting, be guided by science instead of politics, and support international co-operation in fighting the virus and tracing the origins instead of disrupting relevant efforts”.