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M. de Chalvron, S. Thiebaut, Y. Kadouc – franceinfo

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Four countries dominate the race for the Covid-19 vaccine: the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. But the strategies they adopt to deal with this critically important issue are not all the same.
The vaccine against Covid-19 is at the center of all covetousness. Globally, it is even the subject of a fierce struggle. Four states are now in the lead: the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. With democracies on one side and authoritarian regimes on the other, each side opts for a different strategy. “Priority in democracies is given to internal power, and then to prestige”, decrypts Florent Parmentier, researcher at Cevipof (Sciences Po Political Research Center). “In a regime that does not need to rely so much on citizens, priority is clearly given to the international, to how to project your country and give it a good image.”

In the United States and the United Kingdom, the priority is to mass vaccinate its own population. 43.5% of Britons and 26.7% of Americans received at least one dose of the vaccine. It is thus necessary to ensure that all the doses produced remain on the national territory. In Moscow (Russia) and Beijing (China), it’s influence first. The two countries vaccinate their populations little, but they give or sell their vaccine all over the world: in 72 countries for the Russian vaccine Sputnik, and in 48 countries for Chinese vaccines, many of them in Africa. The Chinese have already exported 500 million doses of their vaccine. “China’s objective is to use the vaccine to gain credibility on the international scene vis-à-vis developing countries, but above all to try to discredit Western countries, and in particular the United States and the European Union”, analysis Antoine Bondaz, researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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