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Vaccine Deliveries in Africa Gain Momentum With New Shipments From Covax, China and J&J’s New Jab on the Way

The world's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines supplied by the WHO-led Covax alliance landed at Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Wednesday adding new momentum to the pace of vaccine deliveries on the continent. This particular batch included 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine that was manufactured ...

200,000 Chinese Vaccines Land in Algeria

Algeria's national vaccination drive, already up and running, got a shot in the arm on Wednesday with the arrival of 200,000 Sinopharm jabs donated by China. Algiers kicked off its vaccination campaign last month using a mix of supplies from China, Russia, and AstraZeneca. 

Tiny Cabo Verde Seen as Big Prize in U.S.-China Battle for Influence in Africa

The small Atlantic Ocean island state of Cabo Verde appears to be taking on a much larger role within the burgeoning U.S.-China rivalry in Africa. On Tuesday, in just his fourth call to an African counterpart, the new U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, spoke by phone ...

Gyude Moore Tries To Dispel Some of the Most Durable American Misperceptions About the Chinese in Africa

Gyude Moore, the former Liberian public works minister and now a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development joined prominent China scholar Damien Ma, director and co-founder of MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute in Chicago, for an online discussion that ...

Fact Check: Angola is NOT a Good Case Study of Chinese Debt in Africa

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Forecasting Director Agathe Demarais characterized China's loan portfolio in Angola as "a good case study" for Beijing's financial engagement across Africa. "Not really," replied Hannah Ryder, CEO of the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined, "it's ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Deborah Brautigam Reflects on Ian Taylor’s Legacy

Scholars around the world are mourning the passing of acclaimed China-Africa scholar Ian Taylor. Former students, colleagues and peers published tributes online and on Twitter. Professor Deborah Brautigam, director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University