Vaccine Diplomacy: A New Cold War

By Genaro Lozano

Russia and China have stepped up their influence in Latin America, complicating President Biden’s hopes of hemispheric dialogue.

MEXICO CITY – In late December, a committee headed by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard received an enormous DHL plane stocked with the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in Latin America There were only 3,000 doses for a country of 126 million, but it was a symbolic moment With the doses, Mexico would begin its national vaccination plan the following day The light at the end of the tunnel had finally come into view, and Ebrard, in a triumphant tone, decreed “Mission Accomplished” A month and a half later, Mexico’s vaccination campaign has stalled...

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