The Danger of Vaccine Nationalism

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The current, prevailing “every nation for itself” approach to obtaining potential vaccines and remedies for  Covid-19 is the wrong way to go. It is the wrong way to reduce transmission, new eruptions of the disease, and disruptions of global supply chains. Instead, countries should deploy coordinated customized strategies based on science, not politics. The should employ proven models to ensure vaccines are made available to developing countries and should turn to global governance bodies to aid in doing all this. For those who believe that a vaccine for Covid-19 will end or largely contain this pandemic or who hope that new drugs will be discovered to combat its effects, there is plenty of cause for concern. Instead of working together to craft and implement a global strategy, a growing number of countries are taking a “my nation first” approach to developing and distributing potential vaccines or other pharmaceutical treatments. This “vaccine nationalism” is not only morally reprehensible, but it is also the wrong way to reduce transmission globally. And global …

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