University of San Francisco
With the impending roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, many questions have been raised concerning the roll-out of the vaccines beyond the Global North. While some countries across the Global South have been able to purchase limited numbers of vaccines; many countries in the Global South remain highly or entirely dependent on various programs for the distribution of vaccines, such as the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program. Another means of distribution is of individual countries of the Global North that have either higher purchasing power or are producers of one or more vaccines that have begun donating an allocated amount of doses to various countries. This practice has brought into question the ethics of giving vaccines, a life-saving mechanism, with allegedly no strings attached at the moment, but with a likely set of expectations to be held up on the backend, as this practice is likely a neocolonial one. What are the intentions of countries and programs that are donating COVID-19 vaccines across the Global South, beyond “ending” the pandemic, are they truly of goodwill, is it simply a new action in the name of soft-power, or is it an inherently neocolonial action?
African Studies | Development Studies | Diplomatic History | Health Economics | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Medicine and Health | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Virus Diseases
Sperrazza, Mary, "COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy in West Africa: Empathetic Soft-Power or Neocolonial Intentions?" (2021). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 3383.
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