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NZ’s Pacific diplomacy – vaccines, aid and China

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 21 Dec 2020

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 21 Dec 2020
Last week’s announcement New Zealand has secured enough vaccinations not only for its own population, but for Pacific Island “neighbour” nations, is significant for more than just the fact that we have a place in the queue.The fact NZ has secured vaccinations for the Pacific pushes aside others who might have aspired to be the Pacific’s vaccine provider.Australia, the United States, Japan, Taiwan and China might all have stepped in to some extent.Some may yet do so. NZ’s timetable for general vaccination roll-out i...

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