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The Rapidly Changing Vaccine Distribution Dynamics: Asia to Get Millions of Jabs While Supplies in Africa Run Low

The politics of global vaccine distribution are intensifying as the world's major democratic powers mobilize their own "vaccine diplomacy" initiatives in a bid to compete head-on with China for influence in strategically vital regions, particularly in Asia. Both 

China Now the Largest Source of Vaccines For African Countries

This month, a mere 12 million vaccine doses arrived in Africa, twice as many as the previous month, but still a fraction of what's required for a continent with a population of more than a billion people, according to new data from the Beijing-based ...

China May Be Providing More Vaccines to Africa Than Anyone Else, But That’s Not Saying Much

China's total vaccine deliveries to Africa increased slightly over the past week by just 300,000 doses to 20.3 million, according to the latest data from the vaccine tracking reporting compiled by the Beijing-based Bridge Consulting. Asia remains the ...

Botswana to Administer Second Dose of Sinovac Jabs

Frontline workers, elderly residents and others in Botswana who received their first dose of Sinovac vaccines back in March will be able to receive their second dose from today. Health officials also announced that second doses for those who received AstraZeneca jabs will be available as of ...

U.S. Concerns About Chinese Infrastructure and Debt Financing in Africa Date Back More Than Half a Century

Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, noted in his daily Africa history Tweet that U.S. anxiety about Chinese infrastructure development in Africa is not a new phenomenon. In fact, as he remarked on Monday, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

Checking In on Black Life in Shanghai in 2021

It's been a while since social media weighed in on the theme of Black life in China. The topic was immensely popular in the aftermath of anti-Black discrimination that occurred in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last Spring, but faded in the second half of the ...

Can the G7 Imagine a Different Relationship With the World?

This week, the prominent Financial Times commentator Gideon Rachman argued that the upcoming G7 summit in Cornwall could be ‘the west’s last chance to lead.’ He acknowledged that the seven rich democracies that make up the group (the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Canada) have seen ...