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With Malaysia, UAE soon to make Chinese vaccines, does Beijing have an edge in vaccine diplomacy?

China’s move to produce its Sinopharm vaccine in the United Arab Emirates, and Sinovac in Malaysia and Indonesia, will allow Beijing to boost manufacturing capacity while bringing its jabs closer to those who need them, boosting its vaccine diplomacy efforts, political watchers said.State-owned Sinopharm last month formed a joint venture with Abu Dhabi-based technology firm Group 42, making the UAE the first country outside China to produce its vaccine, starting this month. On April 2, Chinese…China’s move to produce its Sinopharm vaccine in the United Arab Emirates, and Sinovac in Malaysia and Indonesia, will allow Beijing to boost manufacturing capacity while bringing its jabs closer to those who need them, boosting its vaccine diplomacy efforts, political watchers said.State-owned Sinopharm last month formed a joint venture with Abu Dhabi-based technology firm Group 42, making the UAE the first country outside China to produce its vaccine, starting this month. On April 2, Chinese…Read MoreSouth China Morning Post