Flip-Flop? Tan Desai Rarely Criticizes Chinese Communist Vaccine Diplomacy

World Health Organization Director-General Tan Desai

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Director-General Tan Desai have been questioned and criticized by outsiders for defending the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and Tan has been dubbed “Secretary Tan” by netizens. But on May 10, Tan made a rare attack on the Chinese Communist Party and Russia’s vaccine diplomacy.

At a press conference on May 10, when asked about the large quantities of vaccines produced in China and Russia to countries in desperate need of vaccines, Tan said he saw in this vaccine diplomacy “geopolitical manipulation” that would only delay the end of the pandemic, according to Radio Free Asia. Vaccine diplomacy is not cooperation, it’s geopolitical maneuvering,” he said. …… We can’t beat this pandemic by competing.”

He criticized the vaccine diplomacy of Beijing and Moscow in exchange for market access and influence, and denounced that geopolitical manipulation should not take place when pure cooperation is needed.

The World Health Organization announced on July that it approved an inactivated vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm Group for emergency use, and this week WHO will also consider evaluating China’s Kexing vaccine.

But the Chinese Communist Party is unwilling to provide large quantities of vaccines to the WHO’s Vaccine Global Initiative (COVAX), but wants to donate independently to developing countries in Africa and Asia. The New York Times quoted J. Stephen Morrison, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Center for Global Health Policy, as saying that Beijing does not like to classify the generosity contained in its own products under the United Nations, and that they want the recipient to know that it is providing aid.

Recently there have also been a number of instances where the CCP has used vaccines as a condition for smaller countries to do their bidding, or to act against Taiwan.

To date, the CCP has provided 10 million doses of vaccines to the Vaccine Global Initiative, while independently donating 16.5 million doses and selling 691 million doses of vaccines to 84 countries.

However, the safety and protective properties of Chinese vaccines have been questioned internationally.

Countries such as Chile, Pakistan, Turkey and Brazil have seen the number of confirmed cases rise rather than fall after using the Coxin vaccine, and side effects have been reported frequently.

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Alvi were diagnosed after receiving the Chinese vaccine; in Chile, Archbishop Aios and Auxiliary Bishop Lorenzelli of Santiago were diagnosed after receiving two doses of the Chinese vaccine; and in the Philippines, the Presidential Security Guard also revealed that 126 people were diagnosed after receiving the Chinese vaccine.

In Hong Kong, 22 people have died after administering the Coxin vaccine, and 32 cases of facial paralysis have occurred after vaccination. In Thailand, a woman who was in good health died suddenly just 2 days after receiving the Coxin vaccine.