• Maria Santarelli (Pardee’21)

    Maria Santarelli (Pardee’21) is a master’s candidate in international affairs and can be reached at mariasi@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 2 comments on POV: Poor Countries Need Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

  1. Maria,
    The research and information in this article resonates with part of my economics class that I am taking this semester – economics of less-developed regions. Along with the reasons mentioned in your article, health is a huge factor in helping develop less-developed countries economically. Basically, as health is improved in a country, the life expectancy rises, and infant, maternal and total mortality rates fall. And although there is more to the story of economic development, better health contributes to a country’s GDP per capita income rising. Therefore, the research on how trade will be bettered with a more equal distribution of the vaccine was interesting to read about in your article because it is a present-day example of the economic theory taught in class.

  2. Although this article was published back in February, I find it particularly relevant to what is happening in India now. While I do think that morals should be reason enough to help developing countries like India, I agree that the economic evidence only strengthens the argument. India is a major exporting country and has the seventh largest GDP in the world. This spike in COVID cases, while obviously a devastating humanitarian crisis, will also disrupt the country’s exports and affect its GDP. As you’ve said, this in turn will have a negative impact on the world economy. While I am glad that the Biden administration is planning on exporting millions of vaccine doses to India, I do think that they should have taken more preventive measures by doing so much earlier on, rather than waiting and seeing, and trying to deal with the spike now. I, and I’m sure many others, are wondering if this spike would have even occurred had the US and other world leaders taken the initiative to address the inequitable vaccine distribution between developed countries and low income countries.

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