Allocating a COVID-19 Vaccine: Balancing National and International Responsibilities

The Milbank Quarterly
A Multidisciplinary Journal of Population Health and Health Policy

 

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Allocating a COVID-19 Vaccine: Balancing National and International Responsibilities
REIDAR K. LIE, FRANKLIN G. MILLER
Pages: 450-466
First Published: 09 December 2020
Policy Points
:: In this paper we propose a middle-ground policy for the distribution of an effective COVID-19 vaccine, between a cosmopolitan approach that rejects entirely nation-state priority and unbridled vaccine nationalism that disregards obligations to promote an equitable global allocation of an effective vaccine over time.
:: Features of the COVAX partnership, a collaboration among the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines make it an appropriate framework for a middle-ground policy.