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China’s Vaccine Diplomacy: Soft Power Lessons from Latin America

By Dr. Álvaro Mendez, Co-Director & Senior Associate Fellow, Global South Unit at LSE IDEAS In early 2021, Beijing launched a diplomatic campaign to promote China’s COVID-19 vaccines with the aim of winning friends and cutting deals in ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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China, Africa ...

For a continent of 1.2 billion people, the quantity of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China and other Global North countries remains shockingly low. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these donations are for two-shot vaccines, so the total number of people inoculated is around 25 million. 

While China’s Global Vaccine Distributions Close in on a Billion Doses Delivered, Africa’s Share Remains Small

While China ramps up its global vaccine distributions, particularly in Asia, deliveries to African countries have remained consistently modest since the beginning of the pandemic. So far, only 61.1 million doses have been delivered to African countries, predominantly in the MENA ...

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few weeks saw a flurry of 

The First COVAX Vaccines From China Arrive in Africa

Some of the first vaccines provided by China through the global COVAX alliance have arrived in Africa. An unspecified quantity of Sinopharm jabs was delivered over the weekend. The U.S., however, remains the largest supplier with 1.5 million doses delivered to date, also via COVAX.

Zimbabwe Now the Largest Recipient of Chinese Vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa

With more than 10 million doses of vaccines delivered to date, Zimbabwe is now the largest recipient of Chinese-made vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and second only to Morocco (22.5 million) on the continent as a whole.  Aside from the vaccine delivery ...

China Isn’t Just Shipping Vaccines to Zimbabwe, It’s Also Building Warehouses to Store Them

A new Twitter account popped up recently, intended to provide updates on a new China Aid-funded vaccine warehouse now under construction in the Zimbabwe capital Harare. You can follow the progress of the new warehouse on Twitter at 

China-Global South Update: Wang Yi Brings Millions in Aid and Vaccines on Four-Nation Asia Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a four-nation week-long tour of Southeast Asia on Friday to bolster ties in critical ASEAN states. He will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore, and will end the trip in South Korea. On the first ...

Kenyatta Urges African, Caribbean Leaders to “Wake Up” on COVID and Debt Issues

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta used his opening address at a virtual summit of African and Caribbean leaders on Wednesday to issue an urgent plea to fellow leaders that they have to "wake up" to the challenges presented by the pandemic and the worsening debt crisis ...

New Research Finds That Mix and Matching Chinese Vaccines Boosts Protection Against COVID-19

Various new studies conducted in different regions around the world are all coming to a similar conclusion that Chinese vaccines made by CanSino, Sinopharm and Sinovac can boost immunity protection when either mixed with one another or other jabs like Astra Zeneca.

TRANSLATION: What Chinese Companies Can Learn From Indian Pharmaceutical Companies in Africa

With health issues, specifically the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, expected to be high on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation leaders summit that is scheduled to take place later this year in Senegal, there's heightened interest in China over how Chinese pharmaceutical ...
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