China’s vaccine diplomacy falls flat in the Philippines

China’s vaccine diplomacy falls flat in the Philippines

Asia Times - Southeast Asia·2021-03-05 07:11

MANILA – The Philippines has finally kicked off its Covid-19 vaccine rollout with much-publicized donations from China but rising controversies around the rollout will prevent Beijing from declaring a “vaccine diplomacy” win.

China recently delivered 600,000 doses of the vaccine developed by the Beijing-based company Sinovac Biotech and frontliners across the country are set to be among the primary beneficiaries. The drive kicks off as the Philippines grapples with one of the region’s worst outbreaks and steepest economic recessions caused by extended lockdowns. 

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