Currently, the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is still spreading worldwide, and the research and development of the vaccine has attracted much attention. The US “Capitol Hill” published an article on the 14th calling for cooperation between the United States and China in vaccine work. US media believe that the United States can not stand alone and watch the death toll soar around the world. Instead, it should choose to cooperate with China to make diplomatic progress and avoid possible humanitarian disasters.
continued sanctions, escalating rhetoric, visa bans It seems that “bad news” about Sino US relations can be seen in the media every week. At the same time, the new epidemic continues to worsen in the United States, with more than 160000 deaths. In these two trends, China and the United States should make diplomatic progress through international cooperation and fight back the new coronavirus, which is beneficial to both countries.
novel coronavirus pneumonia is a global epidemic. Neither Chinese nor American have found a way to eradicate it. Meanwhile, Sino US relations are undergoing complex changes. However, despite these factors, China and the United States should cooperate to distribute vaccines to low-income countries, or at least promise to do so. China has said that China’s new crown vaccine will be used as a global public product after it is developed and put into use, but the United States has not said so.
why cooperate? From the U.S. perspective, cooperative vaccine sharing can demonstrate open support for developing countries that would otherwise face potential humanitarian disaster. On the contrary, if cooperation is excluded, it will further aggravate the tension between the United States and its major allies, and damage the reputation of the United States in all parts of the world. As for China, once the vaccine is successfully developed and approved for use, it is willing to take the lead in benefiting African countries. Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi indicated that he is willing to carry out more in-depth exchanges with the United States in vaccine research and development and other fields. Further cooperation between the two countries is conducive to finding a foothold in the current “deteriorating” diplomatic relations.
cooperation between the two countries can take many forms. For example, through the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and prevention, a government working group is established to coordinate with enterprises to promote vaccine production and field distribution. The focus of cooperation is on the supply chain, although such cooperation will be a difficult task. According to a report, the US market alone needs at least 8000 freighters to deliver hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine, let alone the global market. Fortunately, charities such as the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation have begun to establish and maintain contacts with national health organizations. Large multinational pharmaceutical companies have also promised to supply as many vaccines as possible to all.
if China and the United States cooperate on vaccines, one of the major challenges that China and the United States may face is the imbalance of supply and demand. This happened during the H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign in 2009. According to the National Institutes of health, demand for vaccines far exceeded supply in the first few months, but then exceeded demand in subsequent months. In view of this, international coordination between governments and private companies may help alleviate similar confusion.
in addition, the political environment is a major challenge for the cooperation vision. The U.S. government is taking a tough policy stance against China. The CDC faces a choice: it can either acquiesce in the practice of the US government, adopt an isolated and nationalistic approach to the distribution of the new coronal vaccine, and watch the death toll soar around the world; or it can choose to shelve the competition among big countries and call for cooperation among them. If the United States and China cooperate now, the world will be healthier as a result. (Yang Jia)