In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID-19 Testing

“Regular tests will be available within three hours for both departing and arriving passengers. The airline says that it will be able to test up to 1,000 passengers a day with the new equipment.”

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Zimbabwe Takes Delivery of More Than a Million Doses of Chinese-Made Vaccines

“Despite the huge demand for vaccines at home, we are doing our best to support Zimbabwe’s fight against COVID-19 because we are all-weather friends and we keep our promise to ensure the accessibility and affordability of the vaccines, particularly for developing countries.”

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Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Pick Up As Beijing Reports 260 Million Doses Delivered Worldwide

“Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa appear to have picked up pace with shipments going to more countries over the past week, according to the latest tracking map produced by CGTN.”

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Vaccines and the Changing International Order

“China is turning the battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines into a tremendous soft power win in the Global South.”

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Ugandan Government Sparks Confusion With Announcement that Chinese Residents Will be Allowed to Import COVID-19 Vaccine

“The Ugandan health ministry sparked quite a bit of confusion on Wednesday when it announced that it would allow Chinese residents in the country to import 4,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from China to be used within their own community. The ministry said that the inoculations would only be available to Chinese residents living in an industrial zone outside of Kampala and no Ugandans would have access to the treatment. “

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Alibaba Gives a Shot in the Arm to China’s Vaccine Distribution Plan for Africa

“Yesterday’s news that Cainiao, the powerful logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is teaming up with Ethiopian Airlines to build an international cold-chain network with hubs in Addis Ababa and Dubai is a key indicator that Beijing is going to put some real muscle into this effort.”

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China and the Race to Supply COVID-19 Vaccines in Africa

“A palpable sense of anxiety is emerging from a number of African capitals that when COVID-19 vaccines are finally available, poorer, lesser-developed countries are going to once again be at the end of the line. We saw this earlier this week when Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta suddenly pivoted away from depending entirely on European vaccines, to now looking to Asia for support.”

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Fearing Africa Will be Left Behind, AU Opens Talks With Russia and China to Secure COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies

“The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said last week that his organization, together with the African Union, have started talks with both Chinese and Russian suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the continent will receive sufficient supplies when they become available.”

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All This Talk About Vaccines Gives a Desperately-Needed Boost to Two of Africa’s Largest Oil Producing Countries

“The prices for Nigerian Bonny Light and Angolan Cabinda crudes have regained some lost ground in November thanks to the Pfizer vaccine news and the U.S. elections. Given that both countries face enormous debt servicing challenges, these higher oil prices will help to replenish government coffers.”

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China’s COVID-19 Donations Go to 53, Not All 54 African Countries

“Chinese diplomats and state-run media outlets used to highlight how COVID-19 donations were sent to all 54 African countries across the continent. Although they’ve not confirmed which country is now off the list, most likely it’s the tiny land-locked kingdom of Eswatini that maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of China.”

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