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07/03/2020

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Anna P.

1). Vaccine nationalism, to me, is one country’s focus on securing a needed vaccine for their population without thinking of other countries that may not be able to afford such an agreement. In other words, a country is able to use purchasing power and negotiate with vaccine manufacturers to set aside a specific number of doses for their population within the country before access is available to all countries.
In Rutschman’s article I agree with her main argument that a major problem with this act is that it causes an imbalance in the global public health setting. Developed countries securing vaccines for their own population first, hurts underdeveloped countries because they lack the money to engage in such purchasing agreements. As a result, developing countries are then unable provide their population with basic medical necessities, worsening conditions of diseases within their population, such as the COVID-19 virus.
Furthermore, future vaccine development is hurt by vaccine nationalism due to the fact that many countries partake in the creation of vaccinations for the world. In my opinion, making it harder for developing countries to gain access to necessary vaccines leads to future issues in creating vaccines. These countries may not want to partake in the effort of developing a future needed vaccine, despite having the means to, knowing that they won’t have the purchasing power to make it available to their population.
With an outlook on equal global public health, I support Rutschman’s opinion that a system should be in place to make vaccines both accessible and affordable to all countries during a crisis such as a pandemic. Developed countries that are able to secure doses just for their population should take initiative and lead in the effort to make vaccines available to all populations, not just their own.

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