BRICS countries should work together to advance the global cooperation and fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed at the bloc’s foreign ministers’ meeting on June 1.
It is hoped that BRICS countries should maintain the nature of COVID-19 vaccines as global public goods, stick to the principle of fair and reasonable distribution, support the World Health Organization’s COVAX plan, and support the World Trade Organization to decide on a waiver of intellectual property rights of the vaccines at an early date.
Wang put forward four suggestions for cooperation among the five major emerging economies.
First, he expects BRICS to become guards for the health of mankind by contributing to the global fight against COVID-19.
China proposed to establish an international forum for vaccine cooperation, with the participation of BRICS countries and companies welcomed.