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If China’s Vaccine Rollout Is the New Normal, What Was the Old Normal?

Health workers unload the containers of Covid-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac, under heavy guard as they arrived in Surabaya on January 13, 2021. Juni Kriswanto / AFP

It’s true, if redundant, to point out that if 2020 was the year of COVID-19, 2021 is shaping up as year of the vaccine. 

Like every aspect of the pandemic, the vaccine rollout acts like an x-ray, revealing the bones of the international system. It’s not a pretty picture. 

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