After the Coronavirus Vaccine’s Discovery: Concerns Regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination’s Distribution

CASS Working Papers on Economics and National Affairs, EC021UC, 2020

12 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: May 23, 2020

Abstract

The fervent global quest for the development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begs the frightening questions: who will go first in receiving it? and will everyone get to receive it at all? This working paper seeks to highlight the risk that mercantilist market-logic approaches to hoard or overprice a future vaccine poses for human lives, and how it might reproduce global inequalities in a fatal manner. It draws upon the literature on socioeconomic disparities in vaccination to argue that the infrastructure for international dissemination of the vaccine must be built in advance and in a manner that forsakes the hostile mercantilism that has accompanied a shifting and combative international order.

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid19, vaccine, vaccination, socioeconomics, international politics, Covid-19

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., After the Coronavirus Vaccine’s Discovery: Concerns Regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination’s Distribution (May 23, 2020). CASS Working Papers on Economics and National Affairs, EC021UC, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608750 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3608750

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )

Islamabad
Pakistan

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