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Charity or empowerment? The role of COVAX for low and middle‐income countries


Holzer, Felicitas; Manriquez Roa, Tania; Germani, Federico; Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Luna, Florencia (2023). Charity or empowerment? The role of COVAX for low and middle‐income countries. Developing World Bioethics, 23(1):59-66.

Abstract

What has the past reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic taught us? We have seen that many low and middle-income countries (LMICs) still lack access to vaccines, and it seems little progress has been made in the last few months and year. This article discusses whether the current strategies, most notably, vaccine donations by the international community and the COVID-19 global access facility COVAX, offer meaningful solutions to tackle the problem. At the centre of our analysis, we compare the concepts of “donations” and “charity” with “vaccine equity” and the “empowerment” of poorer countries. We suggest that the achievement of fair global vaccine production requires that our global approach is supportive of the idea of empowerment. We, therefore, need structural reforms, which would most importantly include capacity building, to positively impact this goal and to take the interests of the global poor seriously.

Abstract

What has the past reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic taught us? We have seen that many low and middle-income countries (LMICs) still lack access to vaccines, and it seems little progress has been made in the last few months and year. This article discusses whether the current strategies, most notably, vaccine donations by the international community and the COVID-19 global access facility COVAX, offer meaningful solutions to tackle the problem. At the centre of our analysis, we compare the concepts of “donations” and “charity” with “vaccine equity” and the “empowerment” of poorer countries. We suggest that the achievement of fair global vaccine production requires that our global approach is supportive of the idea of empowerment. We, therefore, need structural reforms, which would most importantly include capacity building, to positively impact this goal and to take the interests of the global poor seriously.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Health (social science), Issues, ethics and legal aspects / COVID‐19
Language:English
Date:1 March 2023
Deposited On:22 Mar 2022 07:54
Last Modified:26 Feb 2024 02:51
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1471-8731
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/dewb.12349
PubMed ID:35307947
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)