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Xi’s Billion Dose Vaccine Pledge Signals a Huge Increase in its African Provision

China's global vaccine distributions as of Monday, November 29, 2021. Image via Bridge Consulting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to provide a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries is a dramatic change from the rather paltry 107 million jabs that Chinese pharmaceutical companies have distributed to date across the continent. 

For a continent with a population of 1.2 billion people, China’s vaccine distribution so far was enough to inoculate only 50 million individuals.

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