The outspoken Minister Counsellor (similar to the role of Chargé d’Affaires at other embassies) at the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, got into a high-profile Twitter smackdown with a youth leader from the opposition MDC Alliance over the efficacy of Chinese-made vaccines.
Later, ZimEye, a well-known digital publication that has been very critical of Chinese engagement in Zimbabwe, provoked the diplomat to issue a blistering response to the rather mild suggestion that China would help improve acceptance of its vaccines around the world if only it would release the clinical trial data:
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