Power Play Podcast: Can the US catch up to China’s vaccine diplomacy?

Competition between the US and China vaccine distribution strategies has stirred arguments as to which country the world should go to for medical aid.
Competition between the US and China vaccine distribution strategies has stirred arguments as to which country the world should go to for medical aid.PHOTO: REUTERS

Power Play Ep 2: Can the US catch up to China’s vaccine diplomacy?

10:58 mins

Synopsis: Once a month, join Charissa Yong and Danson Cheong - ST’s US and China correspondents respectively based in Washington DC and Beijing - as they both look at various facets of the US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia. 

They chat about the following:

1. Key differences between the US and China’s vaccine distribution approaches  (2:50)

2. Why China’s aid strategies have a poor reputation (4:11)

3. How can America's medical aid be seen as beneficial during this time of uncertainty? (6:16)

4. Why vaccine efficacy rate is an important factor, resulting in South-east Asian countries wanting to be independent in producing vaccines? (7:24)

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Produced by: Charissa Yong (charyong@sph.com.sg), Danson Cheong (dansonc@sph.com.sg) & Ernest Luis

Edited by: Aleemah Basirah

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