China, US team up for global health progress

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong

Vice Premier Liu Yandong

WASHINGTON. - China and the United States vowed to team up for global health progress on Thursday in a bid to beef up health and safety in both countries and the world at large.

The consensus was announced in the joint communique of the first China-US Social and People-to-People Dialogue, co-chaired here by visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The document said the two countries have achieved fruitful results in health cooperation, addressed major health challenges faced by both sides, and managed to promote health and prosperity.

According to the dialogue’s action plan, China and the United States will take into account proposals of the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative to deepen co-operation for safety, progress and innovation in health matters for both sides and the rest of the world, and commit themselves to building a community of shared destiny where health matters are concerned.

Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

The two partners agreed to launch cooperative programmes to prevent and control such major communicable diseases as AIDS, promote exchanges and dialogue between health personnel at various levels, and boost health research on such non-infectious diseases as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases as well as cancer.

Besides, they vowed to commit their efforts to helping establish a public health system in African countries during the post-Ebola era, deepening their cooperation in training health personnel in Africa and strengthening the continent’s ability to prevent and control diseases, and jointly carrying out public health programmes, including vaccinations against hepatitis B for newborns in Sierra Leone. - Xinhua.

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