Chinese vaccines are being used worldwide: an analysis

Chinese vaccines are now in many nations in America, Asia, Europe and Africa. The fact that a developing country is spreading vaccines at a similar pace of Western countries raised some worries about its quality.
As a result, many fake news are being spread. They wonder if China’s influence has a role in ensuring these partnerships.
Still, the tests done on Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines show that the efficiency of Chinese vaccines is not lower than competitors. Furthermore, there seems to be no real connection between the strength of the ties of these countries with China and the quantity of vaccines they purchase from her.

More international buyers for Chinese vaccines

According to a infographic from the Global Times, countries from all over the world are buying Chinese vaccines. The countries involved are not necessarily geographically close to China. It is clear, though, that some of the biggest partners were involved in the testing phase. Others have been trading partners of China for quite some time. This spark the worry about Chinese influence political on the matter. Using the info in the infographic, we can see which countries are relying the most on Chinese vaccines. We calculated how many vaccines doses are bought per capita. Then we prepared a list in order of the higher percentage of full vaccines availability (2 doses) per capita in each of these countries.

Source: Global Times
  • Chile: 167.5% (every person has access to 3 doses at least. Chile is a strategic partner of China in South America)
  • HK, SAR, China: 50% (Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, so it technically doesn’t have to get the same vaccines of the mainland)
  • Argentina: 42.25%
  • Turkey: 30% (note that Turkey has been aggressive towards China’s re-education policies in Xinjiang)
  • Brazil: 23.7% (one of the main testing countries for the vaccines)
  • Indonesia: 22.45% (part of ASEAN and RCEP)
  • Malaysia: 21.9% (part of ASEAN and RCEP)
  • Egypt: 19.9% (note that China’s presence in the Middle East includes Israel, too)
  • Morocco: 13.7%
  • Philippines: 11.55% (part of ASEAN and RCEP)
  • Serbia: 7.35% (Serbia has notoriously been one of the most supportive European countries towards China)
  • Hungary: 5.15% (Hungary has recently reinforced relationships with China)
  • Saudi Arabia: 4.35% (note that China’s presence in the Middle East includes Israel, too)
  • Ukraine: 2.15%
  • Peru: 1.5%
  • Thailand: 1.4% (part of ASEAN and RCEP)
  • Senegal: 0.6%
  • Pakistan: 0.25% (Pakistan is one of the best partners of China and close allies)

The judgement is up to the reader

It is noticeable that the relationships of China with the country did not influence the quantities received in many cases. There is no Western European or North American country in the list. Even the African countries in the list are not many. Still, China pledged to support the Global South in the fight against the virus. Turkey is a clear example of a country that condemned Chinese actions in Xinjiang but bought doses for almost a third of her population from Sinovac.

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