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Vaccine diplomacy: how some countries are using COVID to enhance their soft power – The Conversation UK

The global vaccine rollout has not been free from geopolitical rivalries and point-scoring.



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The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to various new, repurposed or newly popular terms. The newest entry to the pandemic lexicon might be vaccine diplomacy, with some countries using their jabs to strengthen regional ties and enhance their own power and global status.
In early February, half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Pakistan, before soon also reaching 13 other countries including Cambodia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan…

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