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Xi Seeks Victory Over Trump in Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine

  • China has several coronavirus vaccines in human trials
  • Chinese president has pledged to share any vaccine globally
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Covid-19 Vaccine Hunt Heats Up
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President Xi Jinping’s government is throwing the might of the Chinese state behind the country’s vaccine developers as the world races to make a shot against the coronavirus.

The sheer scale and speed of China’s effort ratchets up pressure on the U.S., where President Donald Trump’s administration has launched a program called Operation Warp Speed to accelerate vaccine research and development. Xi has promised to share any successful vaccine globally, and the Chinese president would wield immense geopolitical clout if his country produces one of the world’s first working shots.