Geopolitical Power Play Over Coronavirus Vaccine Leaves Drugmakers in the Middle


The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for the war against Covid 19, especially the vaccines.

Source: WSJ

By Peter Loftus and Drew Hinshaw

Pharmaceutical companies are bracing for export bans on future coronavirus vaccines and spreading production across different continents, on early signs of a high-stakes geopolitical scramble to secure supplies for a scientific breakthrough that could confer enormous economic and political power.

The resulting picture is what public health experts call “vaccine nationalism,” as the international pursuit for a desperately needed shot shifts into a contest of which world power can immunize its population first. A coronavirus vaccine would be a monumental prize for the first country able to manufacture it at scale, a civilizational triumph comparable to the moon landing. It would allow the winner to revive its economy months ahead of others and then select which allies get shipments next, centering the global recovery on its medical output.

Governments in Europe and Asia have, at times, sent conflicting messages on how aggressively they will reserve any vaccine produced on their soil. But most of the leading pharmaceutical companies developing front-running candidates anticipate that when a vaccine does prove effective, countries will block exports, just as many did with surgical masks or experimental drugs. Rather than concentrate production that could be trapped inside borders, drugmakers such as Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Inc. are preparing factories on different continents to produce in parallel.

“Everybody’s protecting their own,” said Chief Executive John Chiminski of the New Jersey-based multinational pharmaceutical Catalent Inc. His company provides some of the world’s limited capacity for a vaccine production step called sterile vial filling, and is preparing its factories in Indiana, Wis., and Italy to produce multiple potential vaccines. “All of a sudden, these are coveted assets.”

The World Health Organization has asked for any future vaccine to be swiftly exported first to hospital workers around the world, then to all people in need, everywhere. “There should not be a divide between the haves and the have-nots,” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters last month. Some drugmakers say, left to them, they would prefer to see hospital workers immunized first.

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  1. People who get paid to make forecasts say there’s only a 9% chance that there will be a widely available vaccine for Covid-19 before next April.

    That’s according to Good Judgment Inc., a company that maintains a global network of forecasters to make predictions for clients based on publicly available evidence.

    Good Judgment’s forecasters are more pessimistic than many authorities, ranging from President Trump to Bill Gates, but their caution is worth heeding. On Feb. 4, when only 25,000 cases of Covid-19 had been reported to the World Health Organization worldwide and U.S. officials were playing down the risk of a pandemic, the forecasters said there was a 77% chance of more than 100,000 cases by March 20. That was correct. Actual number on that date: 266,000.

  2. (CNN)As the United States nears 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, a majority of Republicans still don’t grasp this basic fact about the disease: it is considerably more deadly than the flu.

    Just 40% of self-identified GOPers in newly released Gallup data said that the coronavirus’ mortality rate was higher than that of seasonal flu, which kills roughly 1 out of every 1,000 people who get it. That number is largely unchanged from a mid-March Gallup survey that showed 42% of Republicans believing that coronavirus is deadlier than the flu.

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    Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the 9 in 10 Democrats who told Gallup that coronavirus is killing more Americans than the flu and the two-thirds of independents who said the same.
    It’s also in stark contrast to the known facts regarding coronavirus’ mortality rate.

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