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What is Vaccine Diplomacy

Intelligence and Law Enforcement in the 21st Century
Utilizing Vaccines to strengthen diplomatic, bilateral relations with other countries as well as influence their national sphere.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Nationalism and Politicization: Global Competition for Vaccine Amidst Pandemic Break-Out and Risk to Health Security
Savithri Sellapperumage (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7904-6.ch006
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world uprooting people from their livelihoods and toppling the economy of the world. Thus, to everyone's interest, producing a vaccine became the priority to gain at least half the normalcy in day-to-day activities of the world. With over a year passing, several states have come to the front in producing vaccines, having completed tedious processes of research and clinical trials. The next mammoth task at hand is distribution and administration in countries. However, with only a few countries gaining the advantage of production, they are seen to exercise power politics in purchasing and distribution of the vaccine. Developing countries have succumbed to a difficult predicament amidst balancing the great powers and the financial inability to obtain the vaccination. Therefore, the chapter explores the political dimension to vaccine distribution and the plight of developing nations in obtaining the vaccine. Further, the chapter observes the global initiatives taken to address the issue and the impact of distribution on health security.
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