Victory in Corona Virus Diplomacy makes India a superpower for developing world - China stairs helplessly
Balaji Reddy, New York City
Mar. 1, 2021

A huge relative excess capacity to make coronavirus vaccines is helping India take on China in the battle to gain psychological and political influence across the developing world. Poorer nations were looking for cheap virus vaccine for survival. Last year China tried to take advantage of this situation by promising the developing world huge quanities of vaccine. They could not deliver. On the other hand India came from behind and delivered the vaccine to these smaller countries proving China's valueless words without real action. Wherever China delivered, vaccine quality control was in question and details of their pivotal vaccine trials was missing. Slowly confidence on China decreased slowly. Now the developing and developed world has accepted that China is no match to India for Corona Virus vaccine.

India sent millions of doses to neighboring Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, allowing them to begin vaccinations fast. China could not deliver as per their earlier promises. The countries are now convinced that India is the new emerging superpower who can take care of them.

India shipped nearly 7 million free vaccines around the world. China pledged only around 4 million, most of which have yet to arrive. The bigger problem is the quality control of Chinese vaccine.

In Myanmar which experienced a recent military coup, India's superpower like vaccine diplomacy became explicit. Beijing promised to send around 300,000 doses but could not deliver anything. New Delhi delivered 1.7 million vaccine shots in a lightning speed.

The Indian massive victory over China did not happen by chance. India knew its capacity to produce vaccine is much higher relative to the world specially China. India also realized that it would produce way more vaccine that it can actually inoculate. As a result, India could plan well and checkmate China in dragon's own game by delivering the excess while was caught on the wrong foot.


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