Coronavirus: China Seeks To Boost Influence By Filling' Vaccine Vacuum' In Poor Nations

Coronavirus: China Seeks To Boost Influence By Filling' Vaccine Vacuum' In Poor Nations

As countries in Africa and elsewhere struggle to secure Covid-19 shots, China has stepped in. Analyst says Beijing moved swiftly on vaccine diplomacy, and others are only now catching up.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • According to Beijing-based Bridge Consulting, China had sold a total of 651 million vaccine doses, far more than its donations of 17.4 million.
  • Latin America and the Asia-Pacific were by far the biggest buyers, receiving 309 million and 248.46 million shots, respectively, while Europe accounted for 61.38 million.
  • Africa bought the least, at 33 million, but it received the second-highest number of donated vaccines from China – it got 5.45 million of the 17.45 million donated.
  • China has pledged to donate vaccines to 35 African countries and the African Union Commission. It has donated the most – 10.5 million – to the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Many countries have started manufacturing Chinese vaccines, including Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Egypt.

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