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that canít afford to be particular

I understand "that canít afford to be particular" as "that can't pretend not to be involved." Am I on the right track? Some nuance here appears to be beyond me.

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Western Warnings Tarnish Covid Vaccines the World Badly Needs
Amid a deep residue of mistrust, American and European cautions on the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines risk igniting anti-vaccine fervor in countries that canít afford to be particular.

Source: NYTimes

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Re: that canít afford to be particular

You've missed the meaning entirely, I'm afraid. The phrase refers to places that don't have the luxury of picking and choosing; they have to take whatever is available.
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