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After Two Years of Laying Low, Xi Emerges With a Flurry of Presidential Diplomacy on the Olympic Sidelines

Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from nearly two years of relative diplomatic isolation on Friday for a flurry of one-on-one meetings with some of the 30 heads of state in town for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. ...

Fact-Checking a Claim That Nigeria Threw Away More Than a Million Doses of Chinese Vaccines

The investigative team at the Chinese news site The Paper.cn published a fact-checking report that debunked accounts circulating on Chinese-language Twitter that Nigeria had destroyed more than a million doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. Last December, Nigerian authorities did, in fact, ...

Morocco Bet Heavily on Chinese Vaccines But With Infections Now Surging, Will Those Jabs Hold Up Against Omicron?

COVID infections are once again rising fast in Morocco. The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 9,355 cases and 13 deaths, the highest level in five months. This is a huge disappointment for health authorities that were cautiously optimistic ...

Chinese Vaccine Update: Distributions in Africa Remain Highly Skewed in Favor of North Africa

As of this week, China has distributed 117.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines throughout with just under 40% of those shipments provided as donations, according to the latest data from Bridge Consulting's vaccine tracker report. But the distribution ...

Singapore Study Provokes New Concerns Over Chinese-made Vaccines’ Ability to Combat Omicron Variant

The Singaporean Health Minister, Ong Ye Kung, revealed new findings this week on the efficacy of different COVID-19 vaccines that are once again sparking concerns over the use of Chinese-made vaccines that are predominant in developing countries. In a study of ...

Chinese Vaccines Still Slowly Trickling to Africa, No Uptick in Deliveries Since Xi Speech

Only been five weeks have elapsed since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China would distribute one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa, so it's still a bit early to check for evidence that this new initiative is up and running. ...

In a Potentially Troubling Development for Africa, Sinovac Did Not Perform Well in Early Test Against Omicron Variant

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) found that people inoculated with two doses of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine did not produce sufficient detectable levels of antibodies needed to fend off the new highly-infectious Omicron variant.

Sinovac’s Limited Distribution in Africa May End Up Being a Blessing if Omicron Spreads

Distribution of Sinovac's CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine remains relatively limited in Africa, according to data from Bridge Consulting's weekly vaccine tracker report. So, if the vaccine is not able to effectively counteract the Omicron variant, the overall impact will be limited.

Even Though More Countries Have Received Chinese Vaccines, Distribution Remains Highly Unequal

There does not appear to be any pattern to the inconsistent distribution of Chinese vaccines in Africa over the past 12 months. For much of the year, North African countries accounted for the bulk of deliveries, but that started to change as deliveries increased to southern African ...

China Will Have to Pick Up the Pace If It Wants to Achieve Its Billion-Vaccine Pledge in Africa

Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa remain among the smallest and slowest of any region in the world, particularly compared to distribution in the Asia-Pacific region where almost a billion doses have already been delivered. So far, just 113 million doses have been sent to Africa, according to ...
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