Connecting Africa to China
China promises more support for Africa at FOCAC
Chinese president, Xi Jinping, pledged to donate a further one billion Covid-19 vaccines to Africa. Beijing also said it would invest no less than $15 billion in the continent over the next 36 months. Xi’s announcement, which was broadcast via video link, was made at the opening of the... Read more
Sinovac cleared for use in South Africa
The Chinese-developed coronavirus vaccine, Sinovac, has been approved for use in South Africa and the first order has been placed. The vaccine is the first Chinese vaccine to receive approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). South Africa is currently in the throes of its third... Read more
China and Egypt cooperate on Africa’s tallest building
The skyline of Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (NAC) will be forever changed after the Iconic Tower, Africa’s tallest building was completed, thanks to the latest Sino-African cooperation. Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Essam el-Gazzar, said the new 385-metre skyscraper was modern Egypt’s latest architectural achievement. Construction of... Read more
WHO gives Sinovac the all-clear
The leading public health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has officially approved the Chinese-developed Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine. The vaccine, which has seen use in more than 30 countries, received the WHO’s emergency use status last Tuesday. This means it can now be considered by COVAX, the global... Read more
China joins calls for waiver of IP to help African vaccine efforts
China has lent its voice to the growing call for the temporary waiving of intellectual property (IP) rights for all Covid-19 vaccines. A groundswell of mostly developing nations have implored vaccine makers and major global players to relinquish IP rights for the life-saving vaccines and therapeutics. Calls to waive... Read more
China makes strides in new vaccine technology
With the race to produce vaccines one of the biggest challenges of our time, China may soon have its very own domestically produced messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine. The revolutionary vaccine technology has only been applied to the Pfizer-BioNtech and the Moderna vaccines so far and is hailed for... Read more
China expands its African vaccine diplomacy
The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out effort is off to an encouraging start throughout Africa as it is significantly aided by Chinese vaccine donations. To date, China has donated or sold vaccines to 19 African nations including South Africa’s neighbour, Zimbabwe. South Africa, a Covid-19 hotbed and global focal point thanks... Read more
Second Chinese vaccine candidate greenlit
China’s medical products regulator has approved another Covid-19 vaccine for general public use, said Beijing-based medical firm, Sinovac Biotech.   The medical research firm’s two-jab vaccine received approval from China’s Medical Products Association after two-month late-stage clinical international trials concluded. Positive immune responses to the firm’s vaccine were observed... Read more
Chinese vaccine triggers quick immune response
Sinovac Biotech, one of China’s most promising Covid-19 candidates, has announced its vaccine has triggered a quick immune response. The news comes hot off the heels of breakthroughs by Pfizer and Moderna. Sao Paolo, the Brazilian state ravaged by the Covid pandemic, has ordered 46 million doses. President Jair... Read more
Chinese Covid-19 vaccine progresses to final hurdle
Sinopharm, one of China’s leading medical companies and a global contender in the race for a Covid-19 vaccination, may develop the much-needed vaccine ahead of schedule. The drug could be available this year, several months ahead of what was originally thought, according to Chinese state media on 22 July.... Read more