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China’s Winning the Vaccine Optics Battle

File image of an Ethiopian Airlines pharmaceutical cargo plane that will transport vaccines from China to Africa. Image via Aliresearch.

68 days is all it took for Ethiopian Airlines and Alibaba’s logistics division Cainiao to build a new air bridge between China and Africa that will ferry vaccines through distribution hubs in Addis Ababa and Dubai.

The first flight landed on Saturday at Bole International Airport laden with vaccines bound for N’Djamena in Chad.

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