[Ip-health] NEW South Centre SouthViews: Vaccination inequalities & the multilateral system; Vaccine Nationalism

Anna Bernardo Bernardo at southcentre.int
Wed Jul 21 06:46:04 PDT 2021

Announcing New SouthViews from the South Centre:

SouthViews No. 224, 19 July 2021: Vaccination inequalities and the role of the multilateral system

By Carlos M. Correa

The COVID-19 crisis has evidenced the fragility of the multilateral system to address a global health challenge. There are multiple reasons behind it. Since donations are not enough, a global solution to the pandemic would have required concerted actions in several fronts. The author suggests that, while examining how the proposed “pandemic treaty” might contribute to a global solution in future health emergencies, immediate actions are needed.


SouthViews No. 225, 21 July 2021: Vaccine Nationalism

By Prof. Ujal Singh Bhatia

The author posits that the global public health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic along with the economic and distributional aspects of vaccines and treatments, involves a market failure without the underlying institutional safety nets for an effective, globally coordinated response. He proposes strong, self-standing institutions with clear mandates and resources to make effective interventions at three levels: political, financial and regulatory. Also, the WTO rules regarding export restrictions are at present too accommodative to allow for a quick response. For Intellectual Property, both manufacturing and licensing, and relaxation of IP rules should be considered.


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