Politics China pledges to supply 2 billion global vaccines by end of the year
China wants the world to know it's 'not going to get pushed around' on Taiwan
As countries including the U.S. deepen ties with the self-ruling island, Beijing is using military and other means to assert its territorial claims.But as Mia Hou of Taiwan took her turn, the red, white and blue Taiwanese flag — which had appeared earlier in the livestream — had disappeared. Organizers had removed the flag without warning after authorities in China, which claims the self-ruling island of Taiwan as its territory, stopped the livestream on platforms in the mainland.
China's president on Thursday said his country would provide 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other nations through this year, as China continues its muscular vaccine diplomacy effort.
In a written statement to a Chinese government-chaired international vaccine cooperation forum, President Xi Jinping said that China would also donate $100 million to COVAX, which is a global program backed by the World Health Organization that provides vaccines to lower-income countries, .
Biden muddles America’s ‘strategic ambiguity’ policy for defending Taiwan against Chinese attack
‘AMBIGUOUS STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY’: At last night’s CNN town hall event, President Joe Biden committed the same misstep for which he lambasted President George W. Bush in 2001. Biden answered a straightforward question, “Are you saying that the United States would come to Taiwan's defense if China attacked?” with an unambiguous answer, “Yes. Yes, we have a commitment to do that.” © Provided by Washington Examiner DOD header 2020 Except that is not the policy of the United States, and in fact, according to the White House and Biden’s nominee to be ambassador to China, it’s not Biden’s policy either.
The Times reported that it was unclear whether the 2 billion doses would be donated by the country or sold.
China has provided far more vaccine doses to other countries than the United States. The donations are seen as a form of soft diplomacy that can lead to alliances on foreign policy and business issues around the world.
China has already delivered about 770 million doses, said Wang Xiaolong, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of International Economic Affairs, .
The White House reported earlier this week that 110 million doses had already been donated by the U.S., the AP noted.
The announcement comes as countries are still struggling to contain the delta variant and others await COVID-19 doses and see high numbers of new cases.
African effort to replicate mRNA vaccine targets disparities
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's poorest people. The energy in the gleaming labs matches the urgency of their mission to narrow vaccine disparities. By working to replicate Moderna's COVID-19 shot,The energy in the gleaming labs matches the urgency of their mission to narrow vaccine disparities.
The United States has seen a surge of new cases amid the spread of the delta variant, worrying officials who hoped that the new variants and new cases would be contained following the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines earlier this year.
Those worries have prompted U.S. officials to start for a national COVID-19 booster strategy that is expected to be ready by the Food and Drug Administration by early September.
The World Health Organization has pushed back on booster shots, saying wealthy countries should ensure people in poorer countries are vaccinated first.
Vaccine issues for seafarers are worsening the supply chain crisis .
Seafarers are struggling to do their jobs amid a gold rush in shipping, as economies recover with a buying spree so massive, it’s broken the global supply chain. A clear vaccination program could be a pathway to ease the strains of a tough couple of years, but governments have not come together to make that happen. “This pandemic has highlighted how necessary transport workers are, including seafarers. They need to be treated with a lot more dignity and humanity by society,” said Platten. Instead, “they’ve been treated appallingly.