At the regular press conference of the Foreign Ministry on May 6, spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China firmly supports the WHO’s leading role in the global response to epidemics. We welcome its global collaboration initiative to accelerate the development and production of vaccines and drugs against COVID-19 and ensure their equitable distribution. We have decided to be part of it.” On April 24, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the international cooperation initiative against COVID-19. Hua also noted that viruses respect no borders, and people of all countries are entitled to equitable access to drugs and vaccines. The spokesperson added, “After the epidemic broke out, China shared the genetic information of the novel coronavirus at the earliest time possible, built up a platform to share data and research findings, and conducted international cooperation in the development of drugs and vaccines, making important contributions to relevant work in all countries.”
There were 3,588,773 confirmed cases (71,463 new) globally, and 247,503 people (4,102 new) have lost their lives by 10:00 CEST May 6, according to the daily COVID-19 situation report released by the World Health Organization.
The Chinese mainland reported two newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) May 7. And both were imported cases, bringing the total number of its kind to 1,680. Also on Wednesday, six new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, while no one was confirmed of being infected with the virus and 29 were discharged from medical observation, according to the NHC. A total of 880 asymptomatic-infected patients were still under medical observation. The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 82,885 by the end of Wednesday, including 295 patients who were still being treated, altogether 77,957 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 4,633 people who died of the disease. By Wednesday, 1,040 confirmed cases including four deaths had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 45 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 439 in Taiwan including six deaths. A total of 932 patients in Hong Kong, 40 in Macao, and 339 in Taiwan had been discharged from hospitals after recovery.
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