I just read a disturbing report from The Economic Times (essentially the Wall Street Journal of India). It says that China has offered its COVID vaccines to countries in Southeast Asia, but only if they support China in the WHO. There is a similar report from Nikkei Asia (basically the WSJ of Japan). Some Southeast Asian countries are buying vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer instead.
With COVID deaths worldwide exceeding 10,000 per day, I find any attempt to play politics with these vaccines despicable. Anecdotally, I see increasing anger toward the Chinese government (which we must be careful to distinguish from the Chinese people). I recently happened upon a large vehicle protest by Falun Gong against the Chinese government at a rest stop in northern New Jersey.
What do you guys think of this information? Please leave a comment and let me know. I’m curious to hear others’ opinions.