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Brazil is Running Low on Chinese Vaccine Supplies Prompting Concerns Beijing May Be Playing Politics

Brazil is running out of its supply of the Chinese-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines and apparently, Beijing hasn't approved the shipment of ingredients needed to make more. Only 6 million doses out of a 46 million dose order have arrived and those stocks are ...

Algeria Becomes First African Country to Register Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccines While Indonesia Becomes the First Country to Deploy China’s CoronaVac

A growing number of developing countries are beginning to mobilize their vaccination campaigns using jabs mostly from China and Russia. In Southeast Asia, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently on a week-long four-nation tour, the vaccine issue is the top story. 

With New Lockdowns in South Africa Threatening to Slow Cobalt Exports to China, Prices For the Strategically Important Metal Are Going Up

Investors are becoming increasingly worried that South Africa's recent decision to close 20 land ports will adversely impact the flow of cobalt from mines in the DR Congo to customers in China. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a series of new lockdown measures ...

China’s Vaccine Push in Developing Countries Suffers Setback After Brazillian Tests Reveal Sinovac’s Shot Only 50% Effective

China's ambitious global drive to provide developing countries with affordable COVID-19 vaccines suffered a major setback on Tuesday following new test results from Brazil that revealed Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine to be only 50% effective. The findings from the ...

Angola Gets Some Badly-Needed “Breathing Space” From China on Debt Repayments

Chinese creditors have reportedly agreed to grant Angola a three-year debt repayment moratorium, according to the West African country's finance minister Vera Daves de Sousa. Angola is by far China's largest borrower in Africa with an estimated $20 billion of outstanding loans from the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

President Magufuli Thanked Wang For Not Wearing a Mask During His Visit to Tanzania

COVID-19 mask politics found its way into Chinese FM Wang Yi's recent visit to Tanzania when President John Magafuli thanked Wang for not wearing a mask to showcase the fact that the pandemic is purportedly under control there. Wang appeared to ...

China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Gains Momentum in Many Developing Regions

There's been a flurry of activity on the Chinese vaccine distribution front. Over the weekend, a growing number of countries across the Global South are taking delivery of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines even before they completed clinical trials or received WHO pre-qualification.  ...

The ECFR’s Theodore Murphy Proposes a Radical Idea For How Europe Can Catch Up to China’s C19 Vaccine Outreach in Africa

It's now plainly evident that wealthy countries are hoarding COVID-19 vaccines for their own populations at the expense of millions of people in poor, developing countries will have been pushed to the back of the line. It's also apparent that the ...

China’s Closing More Deals to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines, But None So Far in Sub-Saharan Africa

The list of countries signing up to procure Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines is growing, largely in developing countries, according to the U.S. news site Axios. While there are two African countries on the list, Egypt and Morocco, it's notable that so far no sub-Saharan ...

Wang Yi’s Low-Profile Visit to Nigeria

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up the first day of his weeklong tour to five Africa countries in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Monday. Wang made no public appearances and instead met with various Nigerian ministers including his counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama and Transportation Minister Rotimi ...
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