US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

The United States was largely absent in vaccine diplomacy early this year but entered the arena when President Joe Biden announced in May that the US would distribute 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide.Biden did not hide his intention: the US wanted to counter the influence of China and Russia by using the “arsenal of vaccines” to tackle the pandemic.However, the amount was too small to have much impact compared with China’s export of over 668 million doses at the time – although only…


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