With several Covid-19 vaccines in Phase 2 and 3 trials, global superpowers are scrambling to secure access to millions of vaccine doses of promising candidates, striking deals to secure means of inoculation for their citizens. A rush of multibillion-dollar dealmaking ensued among wealthy countries, exposing a lack of international co-operation, which threatens to leave poor nations hanging.
While the Covax Facility initiative has garnered the interest of 75 wealthier countries to support rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, government stand divided by the mounting pressure to secure vaccine doses for their population.
What do you believe to be the most effective way of dealing with the ongoing pandemic: nationalism or multilateralism?
What are the advantages and drawbacks of each approach (i.e. nationalism and multilateralism)?