Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

There Isn’t Much Time Left if the U.S. Wants to Challenge China on Vaccine Distribution

Jeff Zients, the White House's Covid-19 response czar, speaks during a press briefing at the White House where they spoke about a pause in issuing the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

With U.S. vaccination rates on the rise and predictions that the country will reach herd immunity by mid-summer, confidence in Washington’s pundit and political circles has been steadily rising that the United States will finally be well-positioned to challenge China’s early lead in global vaccine distribution.

U.S. officials have said repeatedly that once every one of their people is vaccinated, the U.S. will turn its attention to shipping jabs overseas, both bilaterally and through the global Covax alliance.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Global South Project?


The China-Global South Project is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Global South stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalists and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Global South discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.