Global Affairs: The ugly face of vaccine nationalism

With national reputations at stake, signs are emerging of attempts to discredit rival vaccines

A medic receiving Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine shot against Covid-19 in Tver, Russia , on Oct 12, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • "In the coming months, we all hope to have good news about a vaccine for Covid-19," Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, remarked recently.

But when an effective vaccine does become available, he reminded governments, the priority must be to administer it first to front-line health workers and those most vulnerable around the world, rather than witness a fight between nations as to which one succeeds in grabbing vaccine supplies first.

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