Want to go to China? Do you have
to travel to China for business reasons? So sorry! If you found the
thought of an anal-swab COVID test unpleasant, you aren’t going to like the
latest news from the Middle Kingdom. China will allow foreigners to enter the
country, but apparently only if they have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine that was
made in China. China has directed its embassies around the world to issue
visas only to travelers who comply with that mandate.
Nicholas Thomas, an associate professor in health
security at the City University of Hong Kong, told CNN that the policy is “Very
much at the sharp end of vaccine diplomacy.” (Very punny.) This is especially
unfortunate since no Chinese-made vaccine has yet been approved for human use
in the U.S., and likely will not be in the near future. Nor have any of the
five different Chinese vaccines been approved by the WHO, partially due to the
fact that the Chinese government steadfastly refuses to release the results of
Stage 3 trials — a necessary requirement for vaccine approval in the United
States and other western nations.
Sinovac, one of the Chinese vaccines, was touted as
having an effectiveness rate of 78 percent, but a stage 3 trial conducted in
Brazil found it to be only 50.39 percent effective, a rate lower than any other
vaccine on the market. As even CNN noted, this means China can’t realistically
claim its desire to have all visitors agree to be injected with a Chinese
vaccine is due to its effectiveness.
City University’s Thomas is among those that see
China’s new visa rules as a “power move” designed to pressure individuals-- and nations-- to
accept the vaccines. Sarah Chan, a reader in bioethics at the University of
Edinburgh’s College of Medicine, states the obvious: if someone’s livelihood
depends on traveling to China for work, they will almost certainly feel that
they must take one of the vaccines, despite their limited and
unimpressive track record.
But, hey, what could go wrong? Queue up travelers! Present
arms! Take that Chinese vaccine deep into your bloodstreams. So what if China
loosed the virus on the world, the same virus for which it is now ostensibly
vaccinating you. So what if China is our biggest adversary?
Would Americans in World War II have agreed to
receive “vaccinations” from the Japanese military or the Nazis? I am not
accusing the Chinese Communist government of anything here. I’m just saying
this is an odd and unreasonable request.
But forget the vaccines.
China could send out a new and deadly virus every other year or so in
perpetuity…and likely be cheered on by the Democratic Party, which will continue
to see its power enhanced by keeping “deplorables” locked down until the sun