China’s COVID vaccine fail: The country’s shots may be ineffective at preventing virus spread
Multiple countries that eagerly inoculated their people with China’s COVID vaccines face devastating new case surges.
Why it matters: This revelation undermines China’s vaccine diplomacy, which Beijing has prioritized in the developing world to win influence and commercial deals.
- China loved the contrast with the U.S., which has been slow in allocating surplus vaccines abroad.
- Now, developing countries are likely to look increasingly to the West, and not to Beijing, for vaccines.