Beijing’s ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Fails to Quell Safety Concerns About China-Made Vaccines

As China seeks to bolster its international standing through “vaccine diplomacy,” public confidence in the safety and efficacy of China’s COVID-19 vaccines—both in and outside China—appears mixed. The Chinese regime is aggressively promoting its COVID-19 vaccines to foreign countries. Chinese leader Xi Jinping told state leaders at a recent economic summit with central and eastern European countries that Serbia has received 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China. “If any other central and eastern European countries have a demand for vaccine cooperation, China is willing to proactively consider it,” he said. On Feb. 16, a shipment of 550,000 doses of vaccines manufactured by Chinese state-run company Sinopharm arrived in Hungary. China’s foreign minister Wang Yi told his EU counterpart during a Feb. 8 video conference that China and the EU should lead the global effort to combat COVID-19, and that Beijing wished to supply vaccines to developing countries. Meanwhile, foreign ministry …

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