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China’s Domestic Vaccine Drive Falls Behind as Beijing Exports More Jabs Abroad

A medical worker inoculates a man with a Covid-19 vaccine at the Chaoyang Museum of Urban Planning in Beijing on January 15, 2021. Noel Celis / AFP

China appears to be prioritizing international distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ahead of inoculating its own people, according to new data compiled by the South China Morning Post.

The Hong Kong-based newspaper estimates that as of Monday, China has shipped 46 million vaccines, either ready-to-use jabs or the ingredients, to countries around the world, primarily to countries in the Global South. Meantime, the Chinese health ministry said that as of February 9th, only 40.52 million injections had been administered domestically.

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