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Xi praises WHO and says vaccine will be a 'global public good'

Chinese president backs comprehensive review of coronavirus response

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the World Health Assembly via video link on Monday. (Nikkei screenshot) 

SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping painted his country as a global leader at the World Health Organization's annual meeting Monday, calling for international cooperation against the new coronavirus, pledging $2 billion toward this end, and promising to make any Chinese vaccine "a global public good" when available.

Xi also deflected criticism of China's initial response, saying all countries are vulnerable.

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