Poland considering purchase of Chinese-made vaccine

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Poland may buy Covid-19 vaccines from China, a presidential aide has told PAP.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the chief aide to the president, said that, at the request of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the matter was raised by Polish President Andrzej Duda in a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

During the call Duda pointed out that "solidarity and international cooperation play a key role in efforts to overcome the health and economic consequences of the pandemic."

Szczerski added that the possible purchase of a Chinese vaccine "will be the subject of further arrangements at the intergovernmental level."

According to him the Chinese leadership is ready to make Covid-19 vaccine produced by Chinese companies a global public good.

Another topic raised by the two leaders was the recent 9th Summit of Leaders of Central and Eastern Europe and China (17+1), organised by China. Szczerski said Poland sees this platform of cooperation with China as a supplement to bilateral relations, which are a priority for Warsaw.

As the president's aide said, Xi Jinping assured Andrzej Duda that China would make every effort to introduce trade assistance for Polish exporters to China, especially in the agricultural sector.

"The Chinese side welcomed the suggestion of launching a quick path for Polish entrepreneurs who would like to reopen business cooperation with Chinese partners (…) This should help to further increase in trade between our countries," added Szczerski.

Both leaders also discussed the importance of Polish transport infrastructure, especially railways, in the development of trade between Europe and China, and the issue of the EU-China investment agreement.

According to Szczerski despite the pandemic, Polish-Chinese turnover reached the record total of USD 40 billion in 2020.