Cooperating on a COVID-19 vaccine is in everyone’s interest

Chad P. Bown (PIIE)

Scientists and companies are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but nationalism could lead countries to hoard vaccines for themselves. International cooperation to equitably distribute vaccines would guarantee everyone receives at least some vaccines immediately, better controlling the virus and protecting economies. To ensure the manufacturing country shares its product, a COVID-19 vaccine trade and investment agreement must be negotiated before a vaccine is discovered. 

This video was adapted from Thomas J. Bollyky (Council on Foreign Relations) and Chad P. Bown's article, "The Tragedy of Vaccine Nationalism: Only Cooperation Can End the Pandemic," in Foreign Affairs.