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It’s Been One-Year Since the First COVID Case in Africa: China’s Contribution & COVID Year in Review

On February 14th, 2020, Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported in Egypt. Since then, there has been widespread speculation about why Africa has not experienced a mass COVID-19 outbreak. At Development Reimagined, our analysis reveals there is no single ‘Africa story’, and that decisive African leadership across ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China, Africa and the Internet, Again

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa recently discussed African elections and, not surprisingly, the conversation became about China. 

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Hundreds of Thousands of Chinese Nationals in Africa Will Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

China will launch a new program to provide millions of COVID-19 vaccines to its nationals in Africa and elsewhere overseas, according to Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang added that Chinese expatriates would be vaccinated either by a Chinese-made jab or one from another country, but either way, ...

China to Provide Egypt With an Additional 300,000 Doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced that China will provide an additional 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt in the coming days, the second such donation in as many months. But the Chinese contribution is quite small relative to the 40 million jabs that ...

China’s Vaccine Distribution by Region and Pharmaceutical Brand

It's interesting to note how China's vaccine distribution throughout the developing world also seems to align with the regions where China does the most trade. Southeast Asia is by far China's top trading partner in the Global South, MENA is obviously important for its oil ...

Zimbabwe to Kick Off Vaccination Drive Using Newly-Arrived Chinese Jabs

The Zimbabwe government will begin a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Thursday using the first batch of Chinese-made Sinopharm jabs that arrived in Harare on Monday.  Health workers, police, and military personnel will be first to receive injections.  ...

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama: “We Will Need China For Vaccines”

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama confirmed on Friday that talks are underway with China to secure large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines. Until recently Nigeria has fared relatively well in terms of infections but now it appears that new variants of the virus are spreading ...

If/When Two Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Get Approval From WHO, Demand From Developing Countries Likely to Increase

Two Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines made by Sinopharm and Sinovac are now under evaluation by the World Health Organization to receive the highly prized prequalification (PQ) status. If the Chinese vaccines do receive WHO PQ certification, that could open up vast new ...

Desperate to Source COVID Vaccines, Developing Countries Jostle to Buy Chinese Jabs

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave voice yesterday to the growing concern in developing countries about wealthy states hoarding COVID-19 vaccines. In his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Ramaphosa accused rich countries of acquiring as much as four times the ...

China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tussles

If Xi Jinping thought back in May when he promised to make Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines available to developing countries as a "public good" that it would be an easy soft power win, well, he may now be reconsidering that assumption. Sure, ...

Egypt Kicks Off National COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Using Chinese-Made Vaccines

After months of promises, controversies, and disputes over how effective they really are, tens of millions of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines are now on their way to developing countries. On Sunday Egypt became the second country in Africa,

China’s Growing Influence in the Mideast & Persian Gulf

China is steadily reducing its dependence on African oil suppliers who once accounted for a third of Chinese crude imports. Today, China buys more oil from Saudia Arabia than any other country in the world. From 2019 to 2020,
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