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The New York Times has not heard about China’s vaccines (or Russia or India’s)

from Dean Baker

It is more than a bit bizarre that the New York Times can run a major piece about the lack of access of developing countries to Covid vaccines and never once mention the vaccines developed by China, Russia, or India. The piece is very useful in highlighting the fact that the United States and Europe have secured the vast majority of the 2021 production of the vaccines developed by western drug companies, leaving relatively few doses for the developing world. As a result, developing countries may continue to be afflicted by the pandemic well into 2022, with enormous human and economic costs.

That is an important story that needs to be told, but another aspect of this picture is that China, Russia, and India are making vaccines available to many countries in the developing world. China is the leader, with two vaccines that have been approved in at least one country for emergency use. Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil, and Mexico are some of the countries that are already receiving one of the Chinese vaccines. The country has made broader commitments to provide the vaccine to poor countries in Sub-Saharan Africa but has not yet made large amounts available.

Similarly, Russia and India have both developed vaccines that they have pledged to share with other countries. Neither has completed Phase 3 trials yet, although they are already being used in Russia, India, and elsewhere under an emergency use authorization.

All three countries have been reluctant to share data from clinical trials, which makes it impossible to know how effective they are in preventing the spread of the pandemic and the risks of side-effects. Nonetheless, if developing countries are unable to get access to the vaccines developed by western drug companies, it is likely that they will turn to the vaccines developed by these three countries. This is a very important part of the reality for developing countries and it is striking that the NYT piece never mentioned the prospect of them turning to China, Russia, and India for vaccines.

  1. Herb Wiseman
    January 25, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    There was a report that the vaccine from Brazil was downgraded from 78% effective to 50% effective. I wonder about which technique is being used to develop the vaccines. Dead viruses or mRNA? As usual, the reporting is very poor.

  2. Nancy Sutton
    January 26, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Did you mean the vaccine being used in Brazil (Russian, Indian or Chinese)… or ‘from’ i.e., produced in Brazil? I’d also like to know which technique is being used by the non-Western producers. I’d also heard that a major hospital in Israel had placed a large order for the Russian vaccine. What do they NOT want us to know?

  3. John Hermann
    January 27, 2021 at 11:52 am

    The failure of the New York Times to mention vaccines manufactured in other large countries like India, China and Russia is attributable to the America-centric virus, which currently infects on a pandemic scale a large number of U,S. citizens. Its primary symptom is a dysfunction in citizens’ beliefs and perceptions, and in particular it is characterized by the delusion of American exceptionalism. A disease from which the NYT is not immune.

  4. Theodore G.
    February 2, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Before we enter such a discussion let’s please start from getting the lingo correct.
    The mRNA jabs are not vaccines. They do not fit the legal nor the scientific definition of a vaccine. They are simply pathogen delivery mechanisms.
    We shall see to whether they amount to something good or bad. Unfortunately, I do not expect much good from them.

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