>China sends 53 countries vaccine aid
China is exporting COVID-19 vaccines to 27 countries and providing free vaccine aid to 53 countries in need, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday.
Wang told a press briefing vaccine aid from China has arrived in Pakistan, Cambodia, Laos, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Mongolia and Belarus, and vaccine exports from China have arrived in Serbia, Hungary, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Senegal, the UAE and Turkey.
Noting most of the countries mentioned are developing countries, Wang said it is hoped all capable countries will join hands and make positive contributions to support the international community, particularly developing countries, in overcoming the pandemic.
China is the first country to pledge to make vaccines a global public good, Wang said, and added it will continue to carry out vaccine cooperation within its capacity.
>Allowances cover 44.3M people
Nearly 44.3 million people are covered by China's urban and rural subsistence allowances at present, a senior civil affairs official said on Tuesday. Urban and rural subsistence allowances have increased by 8.6 and 11.7 percent year-on-year respectively, Civil Affairs Minister Li Jiheng said at a press conference.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs will carry out identification and registration of low-income families to establish an information base that can be dynamically updated, so as to strengthen monitoring and early warning and provide targeted assistance, said Tang Chengpei, vice minister of civil affairs.
The ministry has made public over 3,700 social assistance hotlines at all levels across the country to ensure smooth channels for people in need.
>Distorting reports criticized
A Danish professor on a World Health Organization team on the COVID-19 origin-tracing mission in Wuhan has criticized Western media outlets for distorting information about cooperation with Chinese authorities, local news reported Monday.
"There was a lot of data ready when we arrived," Thea Kolsen Fischer, professor of virus epidemics and infections at the University of Copenhagen, said in an interview published by the Danish newspaper Politiken. "We had mutual respect for each other's views and competencies," Fischer said, praising the cooperation between the WHO team and the Chinese experts on data and hypotheses during their month-long research trip.
The expert commended both the WHO team and the Chinese experts for managing to stay free of any major political intrigue.
>Concern over rich-poor divide
People have become more concerned about the gap between rich and poor during the coronavirus pandemic, especially the young, authors of a new global study said, urging governments to take steps to redress the balance.
More than 8,700 people in 24 nations were surveyed at the start and end of 2020 by the Glocalities market research agency, with findings showing an increase in the share of respondents who thought income differences should be reduced.
As the coronavirus pummeled the global economy last year, the survey also found a 10-point rise in the percentage who said decent work and economic growth were the most important means of improving quality of life.
"It has slapped people in the face and made them realize that things are not going well," said Ronald Inglehart, one of the lead authors of the study, referring to the pandemic. "We need government intervention on a larger scale. Some of the resources need to be reallocated to balance off this powerful trend."
Policies that will create "good-paying jobs" in the fields of child care, environmental protection and infrastructure would help address mounting frustration over income inequality, Inglehart added.
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