As most of Europe, Asia, America and Africa, are facing a second phase of the Covid-19 epidemic – one which is perhaps more socially and economically lethal than the first – China is celebrating a recovery. Covid, according to official news media, is all but beaten and China is readying to help the rest of the world (selectively and on its own terms, of course). Two billion vaccines will be put out for global sale by the turn of the year.