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Week in Review: Doses, Detainees and Diplomacy

A worker at the Egypt’s Vacsera pharmaceutical plant preparing locally made Sinovac vaccines that were made available for distribution this week. Image via the Egypt Ministry of Health.

Interpol has canceled the red notice arrest warrant requested by China for Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan, who was detained in Morocco last month. The red notice flagging Aishan as a member of “terrorist” organizations, and issued at China’s request, led Moroccan authorities to detain the 33-year-old computer engineer and father of three after he arrived in Casablanca on July 19. Aishan, who is also known as Idris Hasan, has been based in Turkey since 2012, where he worked on a Uighur diaspora online newspaper. (THE TIMES)

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen told his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that he shared Beijing’s opposition to “Western interference in other countries’ internal affairs under the excuse of human rights.” Those comments were directed squarely at the U.S. for its sanctions against Addis Ababa in response to the war in Tigray. Wang also took advantage of the call on Wednesday to rally Ethiopia’s support to oppose U.S. efforts to trace the origin of COVID-19 back to a lab in Wuhan, China. (XINHUA)

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