The countries that relied on China for vaccines are now facing severe outbreaks
Last year, China began its vaccine diplomacy effort by promising to offer a shot that would be both safe and effective in avoiding severe Covid-19 infections. At the time, it was unclear how effective it and other vaccines would be at preventing transmission.
Now, evidence from a number of nations suggests that the Chinese vaccines, particularly the latest varieties, may not be very efficient in halting the virus's spread. The experiences of those countries reveal a grim fact in the post-pandemic world: the degree of recovery may be determined by the vaccines that governments provide to their citizens.
According to Our World in Data, which was published by the New York Times, around 50 to 68 percent of the populations in Seychelles, Chile, Bahrain, and Mongolia have been fully immunised with the Sinovac vaccine (China's vaccine) outperforming the United States. They are, nonetheless, in the top ten countries with the most severe Covid-19 outbreaks.
Jin Dongyan, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong stated "If the vaccines are sufficiently good, we should not see this pattern. The Chinese have a responsibility to remedy this,"
China's foreign ministry, on the other hand, argued there was no link between the recent outbreaks and its vaccines.
Despite the increase in Covid-19 infections, officials in the Seychelles and Mongolia have defended Sinopharm, claiming that it is efficient in averting severe cases.