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Vaccines and the Changing International Order

A worker is seen next to a container with dosees of the CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19 unloaded from a cargo plane that arrived from China at Guarulhos International Airport in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

The Chief Reporter for Germany’s state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Miodrag Soric, can’t believe what he’s seeing. China is turning the battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines into a tremendous soft power win in the Global South — and they’re doing it at the expense of the West!

“The fact that the West is sitting around and allowing this to happen is an error that can and must be criticized,’ he wrote in a blistering column published over the weekend on the DW website. 

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