Vaccine tensions loom in Asia as China and India trade free shots for influence

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India and China have given away vaccine for diplomatic reasons. Now there’s pressure to save supply for their own people

While western Europe’s “vaccine war” has been a struggle to prevent doses from being exported, in another part of the world, the battle is to give vaccines away.

Last week, a Bahraini prince and his retinue arrived in Nepal to climb Mount Everest. They brought climbing gear, provisions and – in an apparent surprise to regulators in Kathmandu – enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate 1,000 people.

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Written by Michael Safi
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/mar/21/china-india-coronavirus-covid-vaccine-diplomacy-is-reaching-its-limit under the title “Vaccine tensions loom in Asia as China and India trade free shots for influence”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.