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China is Going to Force Other Donor Countries to Up Their Game When It Comes to Vaccine Shipments to Africa

China's FOCAC pledge to donate 600 million COVID vaccines to African countries and to jointly produce an additional 400 million doses on the continent is going to put new pressure on other donors, namely from the U.S. and Europe, to change how they distribute vaccines in Africa. ...

Xi Lays Out an Ambitious Agenda For Engagement in Africa With a Focus on Vaccines and Trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a sweeping package of trade, health, and investment programs that all appear intended to address the continent's immediate demand for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and sparking economic growth. The president laid out his proposals on Monday ...

Xi’s Billion Dose Vaccine Pledge Signals a Huge Increase in its African Provision

Chinese President Xi Jinping's promise to provide a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries is a dramatic change from the rather paltry 107 million jabs that Chinese pharmaceutical companies have distributed to date across the continent. 

Presidents Sall and Ramaphosa Address FOCAC

Senegalese President Macky Sall, host of this year's FOCAC, and President Cyril Rampahosa from South Africa both delivered speeches at the forum on Monday, among the few African leaders this year to speak at the event. Both spoke of the importance ...

Ethiopia’s Civil War Isn’t Slowing Construction of the Chinese-Financed and Built Africa CDC HQ

China's Ambassador to the African Union, Liu Yuxi, led a topping-out ceremony on Friday of the new headquarters of the Africa Center for Disease Control in Addis Ababa. The event marked the completion of the first phase of the project, which 

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 ...

China Surpassed 1 Billion Vaccine Exports: But What More Can It Do?

By Alex Henderson, Zoe Leung, Marisa Lim, and Christine Ow Global demand for COVID-19 vaccines has never been of higher significance. While many countries have already reached high vaccination rates, new rationales have again increased the relevance of vaccines. In ...

Egypt Takes Delivery of 2 Million Doses of Sinovac Vaccines

Two million doses of Chinese-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Egypt on Monday, adding to the total of more than 14 million jabs Beijing has provided Cairo. The Ministry of Health said the vaccines will first be tested before being distributed to vaccination centers around the country. 

Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Edge Up Slightly Last Week But Still Lag Far Behind Other Regions

Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines from China to various African countries is now closing in on 100 million doses delivered. But overall the number of jabs committed to the continent is a small fraction of distributions to other regions. With 86.6 million ...

Week in Review: Sanctions, Supply Chains & Security

Three robbery-hijackings in a week have put South Africa's Chinese community on edge. The latest incident occurred last week in the Humewood area of Port Elizabeth where like the previous two incidents an ethnic Chinese driver was forced off the road and robbed at gunpoint. The assailants also ...

Two Chinese Experts Call for Beijing to Do More to Provide Non-Vaccine Assistance to Combat COVID in Africa

Simply shipping more jabs to Africa will not be enough to fulfill Chinese President Xi Jinping's commitment to make COVID vaccines a "global public good," argued two experts in a column published this week on the site "China and International Development."
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