China, US agree to cooperate on climate change despite spat in Alaska

ALASKA, March 21 (dpa): China and the United States have decided to establish a joint working group on climate change, according to a statement by the Chinese delegation which took part in high-level talks in Anchorage, Alaska.

The delegation said that both countries are committed to enhancing communication and cooperation on the issue, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Although marred by a string of publicly traded accusations and having failed to produce any breakthroughs in bilateral relations, the first high-level meeting between Beijing and Washington under the Biden administration was "candid, in-depth and constructive," according to Xinhua.

Both sides "expressed their willingness to enhance cooperation or coordination in some specific areas," a Xinhua commentary hailing the meeting's outcome said.

Meanwhile, Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, received a shipment of 300,000 doses of a vaccine against Covid-19 on Saturday (March 20), a gift from China, a health official said.

The shipment of the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm arrived at the Cairo airport early on Saturday.

In February, Egypt received a 300,000-dose batch of the Sinopharm vaccine, also donated by China.

"The latest shipment is a gift from China to Egypt as part of deep and close relations between the two countries,” Khalid Megahed, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Health Ministry, said.

He added that the shipment would be analyzed by the state Egyptian Drug Authority before the doses are administered to health workers and the elderly, he added in a statement.

Earlier this month, Egypt initiated its long-awaited mass vaccinations against Covid-19, starting with the elderly and patients with chronic diseases.

In January, Egyptian authorities started giving the jabs to front line medical staff.

Egypt, a country of more than 100 million people, has so far confirmed a total of 194,127 coronavirus cases resulting in 11,512 deaths. - dpa
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