Vaccine grabs, the refusal to relax patents to enable mass production, and the use of vaccines for diplomacy run the risk that poorer nations may not be protected against COVID-19 quickly enough. This will prolong the pandemic, even for the richer nations.
Despite proactive policy, the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines have exposed and intensified global inequality. Three features stand out: blatant vaccine grab by rich countries; protection of patent rights by governments in advanced countries, which prevents wider production of vaccines; and the use of vaccine distribution to promote both nationalism and diplomatic ‘soft power’.
This very comprehensive article about the politics surrounding access to vaccines for COVID-19 was published by TWN in Third World Resurgence April 2021. The whole article is well worth reading.
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