The Vaccines International Competition: COVID Jabs Are More Than Just Shots

Published June 27th, 2021 - 07:27 GMT
Vaccines have been required by many countries for entry. (Shutterstock: Parinya Maneenate)

Hoping to get a sense of normal life back, almost every human on planet earth is now looking for a way to receive the promising jab or one that could help avoid it, but what are governments doing meanwhile?

Last November, the world sighed in relief knowing that a two-shot vaccine can finally put an end to the pandemic that started in the late months of 2019. In the span of just a week after, a number of other vaccines were announced to be just as effective, and our world started rolling out vaccinations to push for a sooner return of "normal life."

However, governments and pharmaceutical companies are embarking on their own competitions when it comes to vaccines, that the richest most developed countries have been accused of hoarding large amounts of the vaccine to help their economies, depriving the less able countries of doing so.

Moreover, studies of side effects resulting from certain vaccines have been attributed to a 'vaccine war' between countries that are producing different jabs. For instance, the UK-made Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been accused of causing blood clots in a number of individuals who have received it, a claim that manufacturers insist does not constitute enough basis to ban using it. Some analysts have attributed such studies to competitors' efforts to sell more of their product in countries where AstraZeneca no longer feels as trusted.

Similarly, the US-made Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been linked to rare heart inflammation cases, which could affect their sales across the world.

This comes at a time questions are rising over which vaccines are considered enough for travelers by governments, an important aspect of travel plans over the next few years. Tourists and people who work abroad are increasingly looking to receive the jabs that will be accepted in most countries.

Meanwhile, countries that are suffering from international sanctions such as Iran and Cuba are producing their own vaccines to help overcome the acute results of the pandemic on their economies.

Governments that have made vaccines available are also trying to encourage as many people as they can to receive them. In Pakistan, local authorities have threatened residents in Punjab of cutting off cell phone services to individuals who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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