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Chinese Ambassador and Egyptian PM Visit Local Factory That Will Produce Sinovac Vaccines

China's ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang was accompanied last week by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly for an onsite visit of the Egyptian pharmaceutical plant that will serve as a manufacturing hub for Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. Already, the facility has produced a million doses that will be available for ...

G20 Reps Close Another Meeting Without Any Firm Commitments on Vaccines or Debt Relief For World’s Poorest Countries

In what's becoming a predictable routine, high-level representatives from the world's wealthiest countries get together, express anguish over the rapid spread of COVID-19 in developing countries, issue a call for more equitable distribution of vaccines and then restate longstanding positions that bilateral creditors (read China) and bondholders ...

With an Eye on China, Japanese Foreign Minister Promises More Vaccines and Infrastructure Development in Africa

The Japanese government will play a more prominent role in delivering badly-needed aid and infrastructure, according to Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu (photo). Motegi addressed the issue on Tuesday following a lunch with fellow G20 foreign ministers in Italy. He added that Tokyo ...

In a Contentious G20 Meeting, Foreign Ministers Exchange Jabs About Jabs

Most of the foreign and development ministers from the Group of 20 gathered in Matera, Italy on Tuesday for the organization's first in-person meeting since 2019. China and Russia, however, were among the few who were noticeably absent from the forum.  ...

Concerns Over Sinopharm’s Efficacy Prompts Some in UAE to Over-Vaccinate

Reports that the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine may be faltering against the onslaught of the Delta variant is prompting some in countries like the United Arab Emirates to re-vaccinate using a stronger vaccine-like Pfizer's. But UAE public health officials are strenuously ...

Namibia Runs Out of Vaccines Just as the Third Wave Hits

Nowhere in Africa is the virus spreading faster today than in Namibia, where the government is running out of vaccines just as infections are spiking. With just 0.8% of the population inoculated, public health authorities have halted inoculations and is using what remains of its supply of ...

2/3 of All Chinese Vaccines Sold or Donated to Africa Have Gone to Just Three Countries

Two-thirds of the 23.8 million vaccines that China has sold or donated in Africa to date have gone to just three countries: Morocco: 9.5 million Egypt: 4.15 million Zimbabwe: 2.4 million This ...

Third Wave Sweeps Across Africa as Scarce Vaccine Supplies Run Out

A number of countries throughout Africa are exhausting their limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines just as a devastating third wave of the virus sweeps across the continent. Africa is by no means alone. Dozens of developing countries in other parts of ...

Will Chinese Vaccines Hold Up Against the Delta Variant? That Depends on Who You Trust.

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus in Indonesia is prompting growing concern that the Chinese vaccines the country's now reliant on may not be up to the challenge. The Indonesian Medical Association reports that 10 of the ...

Seychelles Doubles Down on Chinese Vaccines Amid Rising Infection Rates and Efficacy Concerns

A new batch of Sinopharm jabs landed in the Seychelles on Tuesday, highlighting the government's loyalty to the Chinese jab, even amid resurgent infection rates in the Indian Ocean island country. The Seychelles, more than almost any other country, took an early ...
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