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Malaysia promised priority access to China's COVID vaccine

Beijing dials up charm offensive during foreign minister's Southeast Asian tour

China has been trying to win over emerging nations by providing support on the economic and coronavirus fronts.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Malaysia will be one of the priority recipients of China-made coronavirus vaccines currently under development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday during a visit to Kuala Lumpur.

"China is willing to work with Malaysia to deepen corporation in COVID-19 response and is willing to provide successfully developed COVID-19 vaccines based on Malaysia's need," Wang told Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a virtual meeting, because the Malaysian leader is in home quarantine.

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