The World Health Organization's pandemic program plans to ship 100 million doses of the Sinovac and Sinopharm COVID-19 shots by the end of next month, mainly to Africa and Asia, in its first delivery of Chinese vaccines.
The Chinese shipments will help the sputtering global COVAX vaccine sharing program, which is far behind its pledge to deliver 2 billion doses this year following supply problems and export curbs imposed by major producer India.
It could also boost Beijing's vaccine diplomacy efforts despite concerns over the efficacy of the Chinese shots, which have been turned down or paired with boosters from Western manufacturers by some of the recipient countries.
The Chinese vaccines have been allocated to 60 countries, mainly Africa, expected to receive a third of the 100 million doses.
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