China vows to share COVID-19  knowledge, aid

Published March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

E CARTOON MAR 26, 2020

China vows to share COVID-19  knowledge, aidChina announced last March 21 that it will be assisting 82 countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia,  as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against COVID-19. The world awaits China’s sharing of its knowledge  gained  from the three months that  it faced the deadly  virus.

China  will send  hundreds of millions of test kits, masks, and protective clothing to various  countries in the spirit, it said,  of the “Community  of Shared Future of Mankind.”

It  is  fortunate  that  China and the Philippines reestablished  their  close ties of a thousand years at this crucial moment in history.  The Philippines has been one of the  first to receive China’s assistance.  Last March 21,100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 10,000  sets of personal  protective equipment needed by  health workers,  and 10,000 N95 face masks arrived at the  Ninoy  Aquino  International Airport (NAIA) and turned over by Chinese Ambassador Huang  Xilian to Secretary of Foreign Affairs  Teodoro  Locsin  Jr.

The secretary cited the donation as “a  model  for what the rest of the world should be doing. Instead of blaming each other for what’s happening, we  should all start working together to help each other,”  he said.

Other nations  around  the world have received similar health  aid in what some have called the “Health Silk Road.”  Serbian President  Aleksandar Vucic  welcomed the Airbus that brought the aid.  “Everything on this plane is free…. We should thank them with all our hearts,” he said.  Italy  played China’s  national anthem as 1,000 ventilators arrived.

China  defeated COVID-19 in three months time, cutting the infection rate to zero from a high of 14,108 cases on February 12, 2020. It was success which the WHO described as “a new standard” in dealing with epidemics.

As its new infections dropped,  China  turned its attention to extending assistance to other nations.  With the Philippines, it co-initiated  a China-ASEAN foreign ministers  meeting  in Laos last February 20 to coordinate efforts in meeting the growing crisis.

Global cooperation is the silver lining in the ongoing crisis. Collaboration  among  countries should  continue and grow  in the coming decades for there will surely be more worldwide threats like COVID-19 that mankind  will face.