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‘Vaccine nationalism’ threatens global plan to distribute COVID-19 shots fairly

‘Vaccine nationalism’ threatens global plan to distribute COVID-19 shots fairly Science "As soon as the first COVID-19 vaccines get approved, a staggering global need will confront limited supplies. Many health experts say it’s clear who should get the first shots: health care workers around the world, then people at a higher risk of severe disease, then those in areas where the disease is spreading rapidly, and finally, the rest of us. Such a strategy “saves the most lives and slows transmission the fastest,” says Christopher Elias, who heads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division. “It would be ludicrous if low-risk people in rich countries get the vaccine when health care workers in South Africa don’t,” adds Ellen ‘t Hoen, a Dutch lawyer and public health activist." (Photo: Jernej Furman/flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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