Carrying COVID-19 vaccines and other anti-pandemic supplies, a Chinese medical team for short-term assistance to the Union of the Comoros arrived in its capital Moroni on March 17.
Comoros President Azali Assoumani and his wife, a few ministers of the government of Comoros, and Chinese Ambassador to Comoros He Yanjun greeted the medical team at the airport.
On behalf of the Comoros government and people, Azali expressed sincere appreciation to the Chinese government and people for the medical aid team, vaccine donation and anti-epidemic material from China.
Azali said that China's assistance will help the Comoros government to more effectively contain the spread of the pandemic, and once again shows the brotherly and friendly cooperative relations between the two countries and their people. Comoros will always remember these important moments in the friendly cooperative relations.
Facts proved again that China is a real friend and brother of Comoros, said Azali, adding that his country is willing to continue to strengthen cooperation with China, jointly fight against the pandemic, and promote the China-Comoros friendship to a new stage.
The Chinese ambassador said that China firmly upholds that vaccine should firstly be a public good and donating COVID-19 vaccine to some African developing countries including Comoros is a demonstration of China's major commitment made at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 to making China's vaccine a global public good, and is also a vivid reflection of China-Comoros long-term brotherhood that prevails through thick and thin.
China is committed to taking concrete actions to build an even closer China-Africa health community and China-Africa community with a shared future and sincerely hopes that this shipment of vaccine will help Comoros defeat the pandemic as soon as possible, said He.