Vaccine nationalism is a recipe for disaster – Democracy and society

 Vaccine nationalism is a recipe for disaster – Democracy and society

Once more the Covid-19 pandemic is holding up a mirror to our globalised world – at least for those who dare to look. While in Europe vaccination campaigns are picking up and people are getting excited at the prospect of the ‘end of the pandemic’, in other parts of the world the virus is raging worse than ever.

Take a look at Nepal: While the Global North enjoys renewed freedoms and many are busy with planning their summer holidays, in Nepal the monsoon season has started. The rain it brings – like every year – is the source of life for the local agriculture, millions of people depend on, but it also generates devastating floods and landslides isolating parts of the country.

Since Covid-19 has long spread to the countryside, many people are left without access to proper health care beyond the most basic treatments. In Nepalese villages there are no sufficient ICU beds, oxygen cylinders, testing facilities and, most likely,…

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