China was the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccine exporter. Not any more
Shipments have dropped off this year and Chinese vaccines no longer make up the bulk of supplies in low- and middle-income countries
That is partly to do with the availability of other vaccines with better efficacy data, analysts say, but it’s also because there is less demand
Published: 6:00am, 14 Apr, 2022
Six months ago, China was the biggest exporter of Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries. That was partly down to its huge production capacity, but also because other major vaccine manufacturing countries were less focused on exports.
Most of the Chinese vaccines were supplied through bilateral commercial deals and priority was given to Asia, where Beijing wants to expand its soft power. But China also ramped up donations from late last year – either through bilateral arrangements or the World Health Organization-backed Covax Facility – as the United States too began to donate more doses after its domestic needs were met.