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The G7’s Kinda Sorta Billion Dose Vaccine Pledge for Developing Countries

G7 countries took a big step over the weekend to change the narrative on COVID-19 vaccines, after being rightly accused of hoarding the vast majority of the world's supply of jabs at the expense of poorer developing countries.

Even Tiny Cape Verde Gets a Shipment of Chinese Vaccines

For the second week in a row, there's been very little movement around Chinese vaccine shipments to Africa. It's not entirely clear what, if anything, is behind the slowdown in deliveries, or if it's connected to supply constraints due to a massive vaccination drive within China, 

With Infection Rates Surging in Countries That Have Relied Mostly on Chinese Vaccines, Officials May Be Trying to Change the Narrative

The debate over the effectiveness of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections may be entering a new stage as infection rates rise steadily in countries that have predominantly relied on jabs made by Sinopharm and Sinovac. Critics argue that some Chinese ...

Trailer Drops For New Chinese TV Drama About the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The trailer for a big-budget TV Chinese drama series set in a fictitious West African country during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is getting a bit of buzz on Chinese social media channels. Ebola Fighters purportedly showcases the efforts of Chinese PLA ...

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 

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

China Restarts PPE Donations in Africa While Vaccine Sales/Donations Trickle Along

There's been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in the frequency of Chinese donations of masks, protective gowns, and other medical supplies to various African stakeholders. On Friday, the Chinese embassy handed over a donation of 50,000 masks to the University of Zambia in ...
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