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COVID and the Emerging Global Landscape

This week saw a small, but notable indicator in my corner of the global COVID landscape. South Africa announced that it will import 10 million doses each of China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines. South Africa is hardly the first country in the Global South to ...

How Can China Support Vaccine Deployment in Zimbabwe?

Notorious for its hyperinflation, and its status as the 10th most fragile country on the Fragile States Index, Zimbabwe is perhaps one of the last countries you would have expected to be proactive in vaccination rollout. Yet, not only was ...

South Africa Turns to Russia and China to Jumpstart National Vaccine Campaign

The South African government confirmed that it will place large orders for COVID-19 vaccines from both Russia and China in an effort to finally gets its faltering vaccination campaign underway. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told lawmakers ...

Morocco, Egypt, and Zimbabwe Are the Top Recipients of Chinese Vaccines in Africa

Africa is the second-largest recipient of Chinese vaccine donations worldwide but remains the lowest in terms of quantities delivered, according to the latest data from the Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Consulting. But within Africa, Morocco and Egypt have received far more doses than any other country ...

Economist Intelligence Unit: “Western Powers Have Lost the Vaccine Diplomacy Battle”

The battle over vaccine distribution between the U.S./Europe and China or Russia is over before it even started, declared a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. "It is likely that the damage to the reputation of Western countries has already been done and will be hard ...

Quad Queries

I’ve wondered in the past whether ‘the Quad’ – the alliance among the United States, Japan, Australia and India dedicated as a counterweight to China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region – has taken on such prominence simply because the word is so fun to say. Quad quad ...

Egypt Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use

Egypt's drug authority said on Monday it had granted approval to China's Sinovac coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.  Egypt has so far approved and received shipments of the Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines and has said it is preparing to produce up ...

In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID Testing

Ethiopian Airlines is hoping that a new Chinese-made COVID-19 rapid testing facility at its hub in Addis Ababa will resuscitate its passenger business. The airline partnered with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China's biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co, to build the new testing center at Bole ...

Just Because a Country Places an Order For Chinese Vaccines, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Be Delivered on Time

The Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Consulting provides an important reminder that announcements about vaccine deals between China and various African governments are a little bit like many of those MoU announcements that too often fail to deliver real projects. With vaccines, the ...

China, Africa and the Fast-Changing Geopolitics of Vaccines

Public health authorities across Africa are scrambling to find new sources of vaccines now that the supply of jabs they had been counting on from the global Covax alliance has all but come to a halt due to the unfolding disaster in India.
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