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One of Taiwan’s Allies Weighs Embracing China for Vaccines (1)

April 1, 2021, 3:54 PM

As poor nations struggle to get their hands on Covid-19 vaccines, a thinly-populated South American country finds its chances linked to its unexpected role in growing tensions between the U.S. and China.

Paraguay’s 63-year-old alliance with Taiwan — forged when both were run by right-wing authoritarians — means the government can’t directly buy from China’s vaccine makers that have supplied other Latin American nations. Officials say they’ve been approached to switch to Beijing to get the doses.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in San Lorenzo, Paraguay, on March 26.
Photographer: Maria Magdalena Arrellaga/Bloomberg

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