US ramps up COVID-19 vaccines delivery to Latin America to counter Chinese influence

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Jul 10, 2021 20:27 IST

Washington DC [US], July 10 (ANI): Seeking to kill two birds with one stone, the US is rising the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to Latin American nations to handle the area’s well being plight and curtail China’s bid to exert its affect via vaccine exports.
President Joe Biden final month had stated the US would be the “arsenal of vaccines” to fight coronavirus, as he had introduced that Washington’s donation of 500 million doses of “no strings connected” vaccines, for the struggle towards the pandemic.
Presently, the US is planning to export as much as 80 million vaccines to different nations, which incorporates a good portion to Central and South America. In accordance with International Coverage journal, these latest bulletins point out that the US is popping a nook in vaccine diplomacy in Latin America after an preliminary forward begin by Russia and China.
Juan Gonzalez, a senior director on the White Home Nationwide Safety Council stated: “All in, once you take a look at what the US has been sharing, Latin America has been by far the biggest beneficiary. And that is only the start.”
He stated the Biden administration’s prime precedence is addressing the general public well being disaster as a brand new coronavirus outbreak pummels nations throughout Latin America.

Observers within the area imagine that there is a geopolitical ingredient to vaccine deliveries because the US seems to be to compete with Russia and China’s world vaccine response.
Pepe Zhang, an affiliate director on the Atlantic Council refuses to see it as a zero-sum sport. “…however that does not imply the vaccine diplomacy itself would not have geopolitical or foreign-policy implications,” stated
“If Chinese language vaccines are the one obtainable resolution in a single nation, that probably places China able to pursue extra pursuits or priorities.”
In accordance with the International Coverage report, western officers have already accused each Moscow and Beijing of utilizing vaccines for geopolitical leverage.
Some nations together with Paraguay and Honduras, have confronted important strain to chop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in trade for receiving Chinese language-made vaccines. Whereas just a few nations resisted the strain, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama could not. (ANI)

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