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In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID Testing

Ethiopian Airlines is hoping that a new Chinese-made COVID-19 rapid testing facility at its hub in Addis Ababa will resuscitate its passenger business. The airline partnered with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China's biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co, to build the new testing center at Bole ...

Just Because a Country Places an Order For Chinese Vaccines, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Be Delivered on Time

The Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Consulting provides an important reminder that announcements about vaccine deals between China and various African governments are a little bit like many of those MoU announcements that too often fail to deliver real projects. With vaccines, the ...

China, Africa and the Fast-Changing Geopolitics of Vaccines

Public health authorities across Africa are scrambling to find new sources of vaccines now that the supply of jabs they had been counting on from the global Covax alliance has all but come to a halt due to the unfolding disaster in India.

After Dropping AstraZeneca From Its Vaccine Plan, the Africa CDC Looks to Sinopharm For Jabs

The Africa Center for Disease Control is reportedly in "advanced stage of discussions" to secure supplies of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine. "We are hopeful the discussion will lead to a favorable pronouncement on the emergency use authorization of Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccine. This will increase the pool of our ...

China’s Leading Respiratory Disease Expert Warns Sinovac, Sinopharm Vaccines Vulnerable to South African Variant

China's famed respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshang (photo) issued a new warning over the weekend about the vulnerabilities of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines that use so-called inactive agents and their ability to hold up against new variants. Zhong acknowledged ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

If You Aren’t Terrified About What’s Happening in India, You Should Be

Watching the calamity unfold in India from here in Vietnam feels like staring at a category 5 typhoon that's barreling straight at you. There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. With 350,000 infections a day, which is probably just a fraction ...

Q&A: China Likely to See the Cut in UK Aid Spending as Both an Opportunity and a Loss

The British government's decision to slash its overseas aid budget from $21.3 billion in 2020 to $13.8 billion this year is prompting heightened anxiety within the U.S. and European development communities that the move will provide a new opening for China to expand its influence in Africa ...