Vaccine As India’s Tool of Soft Power

New Non-Standard Tools for Achieving Foreign Policy Goals

 

 

Roman Kot

 

Recently, 500,000 doses of the Covishield anti-coronavirus vaccine, made in India, were brought to Ukraine. Ukraine paid for these vaccines. However, in a number of countries, some of the vaccines were sent by India free of charge, as a gesture of goodwill. And this is at the time when there are vaccine shortages, even in the European Union. Let’s see what is behind New Delhi’s charity.

India has every opportunity to use the vaccine as a tool of its foreign policy, and in a narrower sense, of soft power. India’s vaccine gifts will undoubtedly have a positive effect, but it should not be exaggerated. The positive impact on the public opinion of the vaccine recipient countries may be the most significant. But their leaders, while endorsing the Indian initiative, nonetheless consider ties with China and a number of other centers of power and will follow a pragmatic course and maneuver between these centers of power. However, this is a clear example of how new non-standard tools can be used in foreign policy.

The article is available in Ukrainian

 

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