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Russia official lashes out at French COVID-19 ‘vaccine racism’

COVID-19 inactivated vaccine products are packaged at a packaging plant of the Beijing Biological Products Institute Co., Ltd. in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2020.  PHOTO Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | The remarks by a French official of not recognizing Russian and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines were “a hybrid of racism, imperial hegemonism and neo-Nazism,” a spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, according to an article published on the website of Russian media outlet Russia Today (RT) recently.

French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune has made the remarks to the European Union members earlier this week, which was quite inappropriate and went against laws, ethics and morality, Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel.

“It is particularly striking that Western countries with cold-bloodedness, cynicism and cruelty are fighting for profits during the period of mankind’s struggle against the pandemic,” she wrote.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday, China has provided more than 100 countries and international organizations with 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and concentrates, accounting for one-sixth of the current global COVID-19 vaccine production.

China has also actively supported other developing countries in producing vaccines to expand the global vaccine capacity, the foreign ministry said.



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