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With Infection Rates Rising, Chinese COVID Vaccines Will Face a Critical Test in Egypt

Egypt is entering a third wave of COVID-19 infections prompting the government to announce new lockdowns and other measures in an effort to contain the latest phase of the outbreak. The timing is especially dangerous, warn health authorities, due to festivities marking the end of Ramadan where ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

With the COVID Crisis Exploding in India, More Countries Turn to China to Fill the Vaccine Void

The vaccine distribution dynamic is rapidly changing in response to the unfolding calamity in India, where the country's healthcare system has collapsed due to an explosion of infections across the country. Experts say the Indian ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

Chinese Legislators Meet With Counterparts in Burkina Faso and Egypt

There's been a noticeable uptick in the number of engagements between Chinese and African legislative leaders. In Burkina Faso, members of the Foreign Affairs Commission from China's National People's Congress held a video conference with representatives from the National Assembly.

Egypt is All-In on Chinese Vaccines With 20 Million New Jabs on the Way And a New Production Deal Set to Start

The Egyptian government is placing a massive bet that Chinese vaccines will open a path out of the pandemic. The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced a deal to purchase an additional 20 million doses from Sinopharm with the first shipments expected to arrive later this ...

Chinese Embassies, Ambassadors Stay Largely Quiet on the China CDC Director’s Vaccine Efficacy Controversy

China's normally bombastic diplomatic Twitter accounts in Africa were uncharacteristically silent on Monday with regards to the controversy that broke out over the weekend when Gao Fu, the director of the China CDC, acknowledged that Chinese vaccines are not as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna jabs. ...

Algeria to Become Second African Country to Manufacture COVID-19 Vaccines

Algeria announced that it would become the second country in Africa to begin local manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical Minister Lotfi Benbahmed said on Wednesday that the government will partner with Russia to begin production of the Sputnik V vaccine in September.

Egypt Poised to Become First Country in Africa to Manufacture Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines, Says Health Minister

Egypt will soon become the first country in Africa to locally manufacture a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, according to Health Minister Hala Zayed (photo). The minister informed the Cabinet yesterday that a deal between Egyptian state-owned pharmaceutical company VASCERA and Sinovac has ...
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