A growing number of developing countries are beginning to mobilize their vaccination campaigns using jabs mostly from China and Russia. In Southeast Asia, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently on a week-long four-nation tour, the vaccine issue is the top story.
Yesterday in Myanmar and today in Indonesia, Wang made the distribution of Chinese-made vaccines a key message point — just as it was last week during his five-country African tour.
Vaccine Headlines From Asia and Africa
- ALGERIA: Algiers formally approved the use of Sputnik V making Algeria the first country in Africa to register the Russian COVID-19 vaccine. Argentina, Bolivia and Serbia have also approved the use of Sputnik V. (PHARMIWEB)
- MALAYSIA: Pharmaceutical company Pharmaniaga Bhd signed an agreement with Sinovac to purchase 14 million doses of CoronaVac and to secure the rights to manufacture the vaccine domestically. (REUTERS)
- INDONESIA: President Joko Widodo rolled up his sleeve this week to take a jab of the Chinese-made CoronaVac to mark the official rollout of a national effort to inoculate 180 million people. The start of the campaign also coincides with the arrival of visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who’s in town for a two-day visit. (ABC NEWS)
- South China Morning Post: Indonesia’s roll-out of Sinovac vaccine and Wang Yi visit give China’s image a shot in the arm by Resty Woro Yuniar
- The East African: As the world moves on with inoculations, Africa’s vaccine strategy remains unclear by Elizabeth Merab
- PRI’s The World: China’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’ fills void in developing world left by US ‘vaccine nationalism’ by Amanda McGowan
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