By now, COVAX, the global vaccine alliance should have shipped almost a quarter of a billion doses to the world’s poorest countries. That hasn’t happened. In fact, the alliance has distributed just 72 million jabs, a tiny fraction of what’s needed. Similarly, the United States has faltered in its efforts to send excess vaccines overseas now that inoculation rates at home are beginning to slow.
This is leaving a huge opening for China to expand its already sizable vaccine distribution drive to places like Africa and elsewhere throughout the Global South. As of this week, according to the latest data from Bridge Consulting in Beijing, China has confirmed sales of 732 million doses and has actually delivered 256 million to countries in Asia, the Americas, and Africa among others. And those numbers are expected to rise quickly in the weeks ahead now that the Chinese-made Sinopharm has received the seal of approval from both the World Health Organization and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Bridge Consulting Policy and Advocacy Associate Zhou Zixiang is on the team that tabulates the weekly Chinese COVID-19 vaccine tracker report. He joins Eric & Cobus from Beijing to discuss which Chinese vaccines are going where.
- The Wall Street Journal: Why a Grand Plan to Vaccinate the World Against Covid Unraveled by Gabriele Steinhauser, Drew Hinshaw and Betsy McKay
- The South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: how China is taking a high-stakes bet on vaccine diplomacy in Latin America by Geoffrey Knoell
- Associated Press: China says providing vaccines to almost 40 African nations
About Zhou Zixiang:
George is an experienced international relations professional who has worked on some of the most complicated and sensitive issues in today’s US-China relations: cyber security, trade and economic relations, information and communication technology, and foreign investment. He has worked in Washington DC, Nairobi, and Beijing, advising some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, international organizations as well as local SMEs. George is a graduate of the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. He is dedicated to build bridges between the US and China and bring the two countries closer one small step at a time.
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