Avoid vaccine nationalism, say experts

Chennai: To achieve fair and equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, it is imperative to develop a rules-based regime, experts have said.

They have said this in a policy brief published in the Observer Research Foundation. The brief examined challenges that India must face to successfully manufacture and distribute a vaccine.

The World Health Organisation and World Trade Organisation must step in to prevent cartelisation or profiteering, the brief said and added that countries must avoid ‘vaccine nationalism’, which will not only be detrimental to public health but also to the global economy.

“It is difficult to determine which of the candidates for vaccine development will succeed. So, manufacturers, multilateral organisations and governments must adopt various strategies to ensure access to the vaccine, or vaccines, which finally get approval by a national regulator and the WHO,” it added.

 

NT Bureau