A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg
A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg
Sophie Zinser
Opinion

Opinion

Sophie Zinser

For the UAE, China’s vaccine diplomacy is a stepping stone to its own geopolitical ambitions in the region

  • Far from being a passive recipient, the United Arab Emirates plans to make and distribute vaccines as a regional hub, extending its own vaccine diplomacy
  • Its vaccine push also benefits its economic plans and tourism

A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg
A health care worker administers a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Dubai, on February 8. Photo: Bloomberg
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Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser is a researcher focusing on forced labour and China's role in the Middle East, South and Central Asia. She has worked with refugees and migrants on developing community-focused policy solutions for five years across the Middle East and Asia.