India’s soft power push with vaccine diplomacy | Melbourne Asia Review

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India is the world’s largest donor of COVID-19 vaccines despite having the world’s second highest caseload of coronavirus. What are India’s motivations for this bold move? Will India have enough vaccines for its 1.3+ billion people, and what does India’s apparent generosity say about the vaccine nationalism of the west?

Political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja and health policy researcher Dr Azad Bali join presenter Ali Moore to examine India’s vaccine diplomacy.

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Main image: L>R: Dr Azad Bali and Dr Pradeep Taneja. Thumbnail image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, March 2021. Credit: @narendramodi.