UAE, Bahrain, and Chile all have good vaccination rates -- higher than the U.S. But their cases are all either increasing or not dropping.

All three rely heavily on Chinese vaccines. Thus I'm worried that the Chinese vaccines may not be able to handle the variants.
Everyone says China is beating the U.S. at "vaccine diplomacy", but if the vaccines they're exporting don't work well, seems like that could reverse.…
Then again, Israel didn't see cases start to collapse until ~50% vaccination, so maybe it's just too early to tell. These other countries are in the mid 30s.

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