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China Claims It Doesn’t Play Politics With Vaccine Distributions, But What Happened in Paraguay This Weekend Says Otherwise

A man receives a dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19, at a vaccination centre in Asuncion, on July 6, 2021. NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP

The China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation, the company that manufactures the Sinpharm vaccine, informed Paraguayan Health Minister Julio Borba on Saturday without warning that it will cancel its contract to supply the South American country with 1 million jabs.

The company even went so far as to promptly return the $5 million payment that Paraguay had already made.

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