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Wed May 5, 2021, 04:36 PM

U.S. could fill "vaccine diplomacy" void as other powers struggle

The U.S. is the last major power to enter the race for global vaccine diplomacy, but still has the opportunity to win it.

Why it matters: China, Russia and other world powers began shipping vaccines all over the world months before the U.S. But they've all run into serious obstacles that leave the U.S. with an opening to become the biggest piece in the global vaccination puzzle.

The big picture: China has given or sold doses of its vaccine to around 90 countries, and 70 nations expect to receive Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, per the Economist Intelligence Unit. Those include nearly every country in Latin America.

The Biden administration has expressed concerns that Moscow and Beijing could use vaccines as leverage to expand their global influence.


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