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The China-Africa Vaccine Air Bridge is Open

A specially modified Ethiopian Airlines jet landed in Addis Ababa on Saturday from Beijing marking the beginning of the new air bridge linking China and Africa to deliver millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines.  The vaccine shipment on this ...

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama: “We Will Need China For Vaccines”

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama confirmed on Friday that talks are underway with China to secure large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines. Until recently Nigeria has fared relatively well in terms of infections but now it appears that new variants of the virus are spreading ...

Ramaphosa’s Latest Call For the IMF to Issue New Funds Likely to Become Snared in U.S.-China Dispute

Speaking in both his capacity as the outgoing chair of the African Union and the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa renewed his calls for urgent action by the International Monetary Fund to provide funds to developing countries by issuing new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). ...

Debunking the U.S.-Led “Chinese Debt Trap” Narrative… Again

Acclaimed China-Africa scholar Deborah Bräutigam together with Harvard Business School professor Meg Rithmire published a detailed takedown in The Atlantic magazine of the U.S.-led "debt trap" narrative that remains a bedrock belief among large swathes of official Washington. The two ...

Why Was Xiaomei Havard Appointed as a Replacement MP in South Africa Given That She Has No Political Experience?

Although the overt racist and xenophobic reactions following last month's appointment by South Africa's ruling African National Congress of Xiaomei Havard as a replacement member of parliament have largely died down, many party members are now wondering how someone with no previous political experience or other relevant ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

China’s Winning the Vaccine Optics Battle

68 days is all it took for Ethiopian Airlines and Alibaba's logistics division Cainiao to build a new air bridge between China and Africa that will ferry vaccines through distribution hubs in Addis Ababa and Dubai. The first flight landed on ...

China & The Geopolitics of COVID Vaccines in Africa

COVID-19 vaccines are finally starting to make their way to the world's poorest countries as production of Chinese, Russian and Indian jabs ramps up. But it's the large-scale distribution of Chinese vaccines that's causing a lot of people around the world, ...