As Russia and China seek to boost their global influence, analysts warn vaccine diplomacy is here to stay
Workers unload the cargo of a Hungarian Airbus 330 plane, having transported the first doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19), at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport on February 16, 2021.
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LONDON — International diplomacy is likely to determine who gets access to coronavirus vaccines over the coming months, analysts have told CNBC, with countries such as Russia and China seen using one of the world’s most in-demand commodities to advance their own interests abroad.
It is hoped the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines could help to bring an end to the pandemic. While many countries have not yet started vaccination programs, even high-income nations are facing a shortfall in supplies as manufacturers struggle to ramp up production.
Russia and China had made distributing face masks and protective equipment to hard-hit countries a …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]