The following is a joint statement issued by the Communist Party of China and signed by the CPGB-ML and 200 parties around the world in response to the politicisation of Covid-19 origin tracing.
As Covid-19 continues to wreck havoc across the globe, the current situation is still grave. We, political parties and organisations from around the world bearing the heavy responsibility of improving the people’s wellbeing, promoting national development and safeguarding world peace and stability, have noted with deep concern the recent moves to politicise virus origin-tracing in international anti-epidemic cooperation. With a view to further promoting international anti-epidemic cooperation, we hereby issue this joint statement as follows:
I. We are of the view that Covid-19 has been the most widespread global pandemic inflicted upon humanity for the past century or so and entails a war that all mankind declares on the virus. We as humans live in a community in which we rise and fall together with a shared future. In the face of major crises, no single country can remain insulated and intact. Viruses know no borders or races. The only way to defeat them is for the international community to work together.
II. We are of the view that science is the force that can be relied upon to defeat viruses and wipe out diseases. As the coronavirus is a new virus still unknown to humanity, its origin-tracing is a serious scientific issue that must be studied by scientists and medical experts around the world through cooperation before any scientific conclusion is drawn on the basis of facts and evidence.
III. We are of the view that origin-tracing is the shared obligation of all countries. The outline of the next step work plan proposed unilaterally by the WHO secretariat has neither complied with what is stipulated in the relevant resolution of the World Health Assembly, nor been consulted adequately with member states. Still less does it fully reflect the latest research achievements in global origin-tracing. Hence it is not conducive to offering guidance for future cooperation.
Many countries have expressed their concerns about this. We call on the secretariat of the World Health Organisation to act on the relevant resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly to advance global origin-tracing studies in cooperation with all member states, while giving full consideration to the emerging new scientific evidence and faithfully following the recommendations of the report by the WHO-China joint mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019.
We support medical experts and scientific researchers in carrying out thorough origin-tracing in a professional spirit, covering multiple countries and multiple locations, so as to provide necessary reference experience for the prevention of the next possible pandemic.
IV. We are of the view that, in the face of the grave threat Covid-19 poses to life, safety and the health of all mankind, what the international community needs the most is to defeat the virus with greater solidarity and cooperation. Allowing the politicisation of the tracing issue to run its course will seriously poison the atmosphere for cooperation on global origin-tracing and undermine the achievements of the joint international fight against Covid-19, which does not serve the interest of any party.
We resolutely oppose any attempt at politicisation, geographical labeling or stigmatisation, as well the obstruction by any political force or manipulation of the research process and of international anti-epidemic cooperation.
V. We are of the view that while advancing origin-tracing studies, we should continue to redouble our epidemic prevention and control efforts. We need to ensure the accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing countries and see to it that vaccines become a global public good.
We appreciate the fact that China and other countries have taken positive steps in providing vaccines to the rest of the world, in particular to developing countries, making an important contribution to global anti-epidemic cooperation.
We call on vaccine-capable countries to refrain from imposing export restrictions or resorting to excessive hoarding and to resolutely oppose vaccine nationalism so that the global immunisation gap can be narrowed, and a stronger international fence against the virus can take shape.
VI. We are of the view that political parties and organisations of all countries must shoulder their responsibility to enhance cooperation, work hard to facilitate global anti-pandemic cooperation, policy coordination and complementary actions so as to inject an inexhaustible driving force into the global fight against Covid-19 and the building of a global community of health for all.
VII. We believe that so long as members of the international community look out for each other in the most trying times, humanity will surely prevail over the pandemic and emerge stronger from this dark hour in history to embrace an even brighter future of human development.