Professor Carolijn van Noort from the University of West Scotland talks about her new book, which explores how China’s international political communication of the Belt and Road Initiative comprises narratives about infrastructure and the Silk Road.
Tracking COVID-19 Vaccines
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Vaccines have changed a lot since the first smallpox inoculations were practiced in China in the 1500s, and maybe as far back as 200 BCE, where scabs were ground up and blow into nostrils. Now pharmaceutical corporations around the world have been racing to develop (and sell) a COVID-19 vaccine faster than their competitors. At the time of this newsletter, there are seven different vaccines on the market with three more nearing approval. The U.S. and China may lead the world in both the number of different vaccines for sale and shots administered, but the approval of these vaccines by foreign governments may be partly driven by the strength of diplomatic ties as well as efficacy, cost, and the ease of storage and delivery. U.S. vaccines have been approved for use in 58 countries, mainly in Europe and the Middle East. Chinese vaccines have been approved in 11 countries, particularly those Latin American countries with which it has strong economic ties.
At the current rate of roughly 6 million shots adminstered a day globally (1.7 million/day in the U.S.), it's estimated that it will take five years for the world to reach 75% innoculation. Increased production of approved vaccines is esstential. Additional vaccines and particularly those which are easier to store and administer, could help. Covid-19 will continue to be a lethal threat. Just based on the impact through June 30, 2020, covid-19 reduced American life expectancy at birth by a year, the biggest drop in 75 years.
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Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a look at the resurgence of classical music in China through the legacy of the Philadelphia Orchestra, from its first performances in the PRC in 1973 until its most recent tour in 2018.
Kirk Denton will look at the role of politics—especially political parties—in the establishment, administration, architectural design, and historical narratives of museums in Taiwan.