A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE
Chandran Nair
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Chandran Nair

‘Vaccine apartheid’: how white privilege is woven into the fabric of globalisation

  • The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, with poor countries far behind, has exposed the moral bankruptcy and structural privilege of Western nations
  • What can be done? They should shed their ideas of moral authority and a monopoly on scientific expertise, even amid insecurity about China’s rise

A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Kenyan health care worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Many poorer countries are far behind Western nations in their roll-out programmes, being unable to purchase vaccines at the same scale and price. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow and member of the Club of Rome. He is also the author of The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society