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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