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Quixplained: What is vaccine nationalism? Which countries have pre-booked supplies?

Coronavirus vaccine tracker: There are fears that such advance agreements will make the initial few vaccines unaffordable and inaccessible to everyone apart from the rich countries in a world of roughly 8 billion people

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2020 9:00:45 am
Coronavirus vaccine tracker: Similar arrangements have been reached by European Union, and some other countries like Mexico, as well.

Even as the novel coronavirus vaccine is still a few months away, several wealthier countries like Britain, France, Germany and the US have entered into pre-purchase agreements with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, a development that has come to be known as “vaccine nationalism”. There are fears that such advance agreements will make the initial few vaccines unaffordable and inaccessible to everyone apart from the rich countries in a world of roughly 8 billion people. Similar arrangements have been reached by European Union, and some other countries like Mexico, as well.

This has led to the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that nations that hoard possible Covid-19 vaccines while excluding others would deepen the pandemic. “We need to prevent vaccine nationalism. Sharing finite supplies strategically and globally is actually in each country’s national interest,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said. Experts agree that frontline health workers, those on emergency duties, the elderly and the sick, pregnant women, and other similarly vulnerable population groups across the world must be given first access to the vaccines

Coronavirus vaccine tracker: What is vaccine nationalism? Coronavirus vaccine tracker: The United States has booked more than 800 million doses Coronavirus vaccine tracker: The UK has an agreement with six of the leading vaccine developers Coronavirus vaccine tracker: India has not pre-booked supplies Coronavirus vaccine tracker: The idea is to ensure that the neediest in every country gets the vaccine first

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