The silencing of Dr Li is just one of the reputational harms done by the COVID-19 virus.
The countries that are participating in China’s vaccine trials have also worked out agreements for the purchase of doses of the vaccine.
The vaccine diplomacy that China is currently employing is a risky gamble for Beijing.
China’s vaccine diplomacy is similar to another scheme Beijing had tried to implement during the early phases of the virus.
The ‘mask diplomacy’ and now the ‘vaccine diplomacy’ by China is all attempts by Beijing to control the narrative around coronavirus.