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Fearing Africa Will be Left Behind, AU Opens Talks With Russia and China to Secure C19 Vaccine Supplies

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said last week that his organization, together with the African Union, have started talks with both Chinese and Russian suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the continent will receive sufficient supplies when they ...

COVID Vaccine Narrative Battles Intensify Following Pfizer Announcement

A narrative battle over COVID-19 vaccines is emerging in the aftermath of this week's announcement by Pfizer that its vaccine is reportedly 90% effective. That news also coincided with an interruption of a Chinese-made COVID vaccine clinical in Brazil ...

China’s High-Risk, High-Reward C19 Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa

Last May, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that Beijing would make any future COVID-19 vaccine available to Africa and other developing regions as a "global public good." He didn't explain, though, what that actually meant. Since that speech to the World ...

China’s Decision to Join COVAX Hints at a Multilateral Approach to Its Budding Vaccine Diplomacy Agenda

Friday's surprise announcement that China would join more than 150 other countries in the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or Covax, marked a sharp pivot in Beijing's budding vaccine diplomacy strategy. Until last week, Chinese officials had resisted joining the WHO-backed vaccine alliance, hinting ...

Remember When China Said It’s Going to Give Africa Access to Its C19 Vaccine? Well, There’s a Catch…

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday amended its promise to provide a future COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries with the introduction of the phrase "at a fair and reasonable price." Prior to this, there had been no mention of any cost. ...

About That Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine…

Chinese officials from Xi Jinping down have been clear about their intention to make any future COVID-19 vaccine available to Africa and other developing regions. "China will make its COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when it is ready for application after successful research and ...

Following President Xi’s UNGA Speech, Chinese Diplomats in Africa Double-down on Vaccine Accessibility Pledge

Chinese diplomats in Africa are reaffirming President Xi Jinping's pledge to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to people across the continent once it's tested and ready for distribution. Fang Yi, the political attaché at the Chinese embassy in Uganda, 

Morocco Isn’t Going to Rely Only on China For a COVID-19 Vaccine

With more than 65,000 COVID-19 infections, Morocco is one of Africa's major hot spots in the ongoing pandemic, so it's not surprising that the government is moving quickly to position the country as a vaccine hub.  Rabat is ...

The New Era of High-Risk, High-Reward “Vaccine Diplomacy” is Here

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his oft-stated promise that developing countries, specifically those in Africa, will receive priority access to a Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccine when it's available for distribution. President Xi made the comments during a phone call yesterday with Morocco's ...
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