GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON #207
The FT reports that Chinese jabs are dominating vaccination campaigns in Latin America. China has shipped more than half of the 143.5m doses of vaccines delivered to the region’s 10 most highly populated countries. China – 75.8m doses; AstraZeneca + Pfizer – 59m doses and Russia 8.7m.
Clare Wenham, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy ” We are seeing increased Chinese dominance as a health power” – (Paraguay, in vain, has pressed the US for more doses). This is a reflection of Xi Jinping’s Win-Win philosophy. It is not a power grab – but, like BRI, a recognition that the World prospers if progress is shared.
The West will misrepresent China’s policy because it is challenged by China. Why doesn’t China use all its vaccine for its 1.4bn people? Because of China-controlled Covid-19 by decisive action in February/March 2021. US/UK deaths – 730,000. China deaths – less than 10,000. The numbers tell a story about governance, about democracy.