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China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tussles

A health professional is inoculated with the Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19 in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on January 19, 2021. MARCIO JAMES / AFP

If Xi Jinping thought back in May when he promised to make Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines available to developing countries as a “public good” that it would be an easy soft power win, well, he may now be reconsidering that assumption.

Sure, tens of millions of doses of Chinese vaccines are now making their way to countries throughout the Global South and are already getting jabbed into peoples’ arms in places like Egypt and The Seychelles. 

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