By: Shaina Weisberg 

Abstract: We often hear COVID-19 described as “unprecedented,” but is it? Battles against global pandemics are not unheard of, some occurring within the last decade. However, the concern over COVID-19 continues to fester as the effect appears to be in a league of its own. While nations desperately try to produce a vaccine for the disease, are their efforts likely to be successful? Furthermore, are their odds of obtaining doses of a successful vaccine created by another nation or private institution any better? Vaccine nationalism expresses the concern that, once a vaccine is created, only certain countries will be able to secure it, leaving many other countries high and dry, without hope of timely relief. Although the concept of vaccine nationalism has been known for many years, are we more equipped to tackle this problem for COVID-19? This article lays out the history of vaccine nationalism, its consequences, and potential effects on the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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