Now a “ hot spot ” next to Brazil, India launches vaccine diplomacy – 04/08/2021 – Nelson de Sá

Bolsonaro rejects the lockdown and Indian Narendra Modi gets vaccinated, the Washington Post reported. But what has gone to the newspaper’s home, joining the two, is that “Brazil and India are now critical points” in the world, “with record numbers of cases and deaths.”

The novelty is India. Brazil is already being treated as usual, as in the title of the Drudge report, by “Biological Fukushima”. Or with cartoons like this, from the new edition of Economist:

In India, the country’s largest newspaper, Jagran, said “the second wave has become unmanageable” with the largest states already adopting the lockdown.

And the local Times, the country’s third and largest English-language newspaper in the world, asked at the top of the homepage: “Has India’s vaccine diplomacy hurt the fight against Covid?” In response to criticism, Modi determined “a virtual halt in exports, giving priority to supplying the population itself”.


The day before, India sent a batch of vaccines to Paraguay, but enough for only 50,000 people, in a country of 7 million inhabitants. It was at the request of the United States, which did not accept that Paraguay had recourse to China.

Paraguayan ABC Color reported that the vaccine sent, Covaxin, had been “rejected by the Brazilian health agency”. In an editorial, he accused in the headline that “we must look for alternatives”.


Japan’s Nikkei said Indonesia, the world’s fourth-largest country in terms of population, “has opened discussions with the Chinese government for 100 million additional doses of Sinovac.” It was because “India is delaying shipments” of AstraZeneca.

At the same time, in a detailed report, Nikkei upped the numbers and clinched the title that China is “the big winner” in vaccine diplomacy, reaching over 70 countries.


In Australia, “Disorderly Vaccination: Health Risk Forces Trade-off of AstraZeneca,” a Sydney Morning Herald headline, calling the impact of immunizer binding to thrombosis “disaster”.

In Germany, also dependent on AstraZeneca, the headlines of the main newspapers, Süddeutsche and Frankfurter Allgemeine, responded to the German government’s announcement to negotiate the purchase of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.


In the WSJ, highlighted in its American and Chinese versions (above), “China is creating its own digital currency, the first of a great economy,” in a “reimagining of currency that could undermine a pillar of American power ”. Underlines a sentence of Nicholas Burns, favorite of the ambassador in Beijing:

“The Chinese have created a problem for us by removing our sanctioning power.”

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