Developing countries are turning to China, where they are excluded from the Western vaccine race
by Lucien Chauvin, Anthony Viola, and Eva Du
Lima, Peru – Tour operator Marco Arellano, which ferry tourists to Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle, has effectively ceased operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as this South American country is caught in the midst of a brutal second wave, he and millions of other Peruvians are putting their trust in one country to turn the deadly tide.
Peru has joined developing nations from North Africa to the Andes in relying on China for help. For these clients, vaccines developed in Chinese laboratories and now being distributed globally could hold the solution to a huge problem: how to inoculate their populations after the larger and wealthier nations pushed them back to obtain more reliable vaccines developed in the West.
For Beijing, which has invested heavily in a region Washington considers America’s backyard, its vaccine diplomacy could be a double win: a way to open new markets for its pharmaceutical products while building goodwill in Latin America, the region it has long sought. To expand its influence.
Viola reports from Miami. I mentioned Do from Seoul.
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