The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP
The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

If the world’s poor lose the race for Covid-19 vaccines, we will all pay for it

  • Research shows the cost of providing vaccines for all is much lower than the price we would have to pay for failing to contain the virus
  • Yet reports tracking procurement show that rich nations buy much more than they need, while the poor struggle to get enough

The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP
The first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arrives at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on February 24. Photo: Unicef via AP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.