China has been severely criticised for being the origin of the corona virus and for not informing the world about the development of such a virus, that quickly metamorphosed into a pandemic that has gripped the world for over a year now. It has brought with it death, economic losses and immense uncertainty that looms even today.
Ever since vaccines to fight the pandemic were introduced in the initial months of 2021, there has been a persistent struggle to meet the global demand. Vaccine roll outs are gripped with issues like low production capacity and lack of raw materials. With the objective of reinstating its lost credibility, China began to supply large scale doses of its unapproved and untried vaccines to the developing world. Posing as the saviour of the world, this has been China’s attempt to build its global image as a provider of solutions to fight the pandemic rather than being its source.
This Issue Brief is written by Purvaja Modak , Research Fellow (International Relations – Geoeconomics), CPPR
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Purvaja Modak is a Research Fellow, International Relations – Geoeconomics at CPPR. Her research focuses on issues of global economic governance, international trade and finance, economic diplomacy and multilateral financial institutions.
Prior to joining CPPR, she was a Researcher for Geoeconomic Studies and the Manager of the Research Office at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a Mumbai based foreign policy think tank.. She was a fellow at the 2nd G20 Global Leadership Programme 2019, hosted by the Korean Development Institute (KDI) and the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance. Purvaja has also held Research Assistant and Research Associate positions in her academic departments at both Bachelors and Masters levels. She has also interned at Reliable Investments, an exclusive franchisee of Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.
She holds a Masters degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Mumbai with a focus on international trade, finance and regional monetary arrangements and a Bachelors Degree in Economics (BA) from Jai Hind College, Mumbai.